International Scholarship and the Role of American Research Libraries

International Scholarship and the Role of American Research Libraries

Barbara I. Dewey
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-4365-9.ch009
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Research libraries play an enormous role in supporting and promoting international scholarship and collaboration. This chapter explores methodologies employed by research libraries in the United States to advance an international focus for internal and external audiences. There are several reasons for a more intense library focus to encompass planet earth. 21st century universities are more globally oriented. Scholars are more connected than ever to their overseas colleagues. The 21st century research library environment is more collaborative, proactive, and outwardly connected.
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21St Century Academic Librarians

American research libraries are experiencing an awakening about what constitutes powerful leadership for today’s world. This new kind of leadership is based on several core values and traits that epitomize the ability to work across and respect all cultures. Here are some words and their opposites that describe the characteristics of new leadership:

  • Selfless and User Centered (as opposed to selfish and ego-centric)

  • Mutual Respect (as opposed to disrespect)

  • Collaboration (as opposed to working in silos)

  • Flexibility (as opposed to rigidity)

  • Outwardly focused (as opposed to inwardly focused)

  • Proactive (as opposed to reactive)

Essentially, new leadership is based on the theme of connecting externally rather than focusing internally. Academic librarians throughout the world have a unique view of higher education because we work with everyone regardless of discipline, location, or status. Libraries and librarians will continue to lead the way to advance global scholarship and understanding.

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