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Thursday, November 7 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Resolved: All Librarians should be Subject Librarians: Implementing Subject Librarianship across a Research Library

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Many academic research librarians are specialists - catalogers, data curation librarians, electronic resources librarians – and working with students is considered to be a job for public service librarians. The University of Tennessee Libraries is expanding subject librarian responsibility across the Libraries, and research librarians who may have never worked in public services are assuming liaison and collection development roles. Steve Smith, Dean of Libraries, will share his model of “learning, research, and collections (LRC)” librarianship and explain his rationale for starting the UTK Libraries down this road. And how’s that concept working for us? Hear from two of the librarians charged with implementing the vision: a technical services librarian given a new LRC subject responsibility and the public service librarian assigned to bring the new LRC subject librarian up to speed. We will discuss organizational and implementation challenges and share what we’ve learned about training and mentoring new subject librarians.

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Steven Smith

Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee

Deborah Thomas

Research Collections Librarian, University of Tennessee
Deb Thomas has worked in both academic public and technical services.  She currently works on projects where collection development and technical services intersect.
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Alan Wallace

Learning, Research and Collections Librarian, University of Tennessee Libraries

Thursday November 7, 2013 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Room 122, Addlestone Library 205 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

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