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Strategic engagement and librarians

Smyth, Neil


Neil Smyth


Samantha J. Rayner

Rebecca E. Lyons


The future of the academic book is a strategic engagement issue for librarians. Books might not be stored in or purchased for university libraries; they might not even exist in a physical form. How will academic books be organised and accessed in the future, if they are not in libraries? How will librarians at universities engage academic researchers in strategic conversations about the future of their academic books? This chapter argues that conversations between librarians and academic book authors about the future are more important than ever. It puts the current challenges in context, using data from the Research Excellence Framework and the University of Nottingham library catalogue, identifying the strategic role of librarians in shaping the future of the
academic book through strategic engagement.


Smyth, N. (2015). Strategic engagement and librarians. In S. J. Rayner, & R. E. Lyons (Eds.), The academic book of the futurePalgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1057/9781137595775_9

Acceptance Date Sep 1, 2015
Publication Date Nov 1, 2015
Deposit Date Jun 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 27, 2016
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Series Title Palgrave pivot
Book Title The academic book of the future
ISBN 978-1-137-59576-8; 978-1-137-59577-5
Keywords Strategic Engagement; Relationship Management; Research Excellence Framework; Open Access; UK Research Reserve; JSTOR; Library data; Ebooks
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