Academic librarians and research: A study of Canadian library administrator perspectives

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College and Research Libraries, ISSN: 0010-0870, Vol: 74, Issue: 6, Page: 560-572

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Berg, Selinda Adelle; Jacobs, Heidi LM; Cornwall, Dayna
American Library Association
Social Sciences; academic librarianship; library administration; research culture; Library and Information Science
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Within the literature exploring the role of research in academic librarianship, very little attention has been paid to the perspectives of upper library administrators. This perspective is critical because library administrators play a key role in hiring, evaluating, supporting, promoting, and tenuring professional librarians. As a way of bringing the administrative perspective to these discussions, our study examines how library administrators within the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) view the role of research in their own libraries and within academic librarianship, as well as how they perceive the current and future climate for librarians' research. Our study reveals key areas in need of further research and identifies several issues that librarians and upper administrators would benefit from exploring together to advance discussions about research. © 2013 Selinda Adelle Berg, Heidi LM Jacobs, and Dayna Cornwall, Attribution-NonCommercial ( CC BY-NC.