Identifying Subject-Specific Conferences as Professional Development Opportunities for the Academic Librarian

  • Robert Tomaszewski, Karen I. MacDonald
  • The Journal of Academic Librarianship, November 2009, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2009.08.006

Subject-Specific Conferences as Professional Development Opportunities for Academic Librarians

What is it about?

A major challenge facing academic libraries is the need for reference librarians to become knowledge experts in their assigned subject areas. Conferences organized around academic disciplines provide a direct connection to subject-specific information as well as opportunities for meeting people who share common interests. This article reviews the benefits of attending academic conferences and discusses five strategies for selecting an appropriate subject conference in any discipline.

Why is it important?

With the increase in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research, the authors argue that attending subject-specific conferences is the best way to keep up with information needs in various fields.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2009.08.006

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