What is it about?

We have examined the specific challenges experienced by a traditional academic librarian at Griffith University as she moved into a new role as a data librarian. We look at some strategies to facilitate this type of role transition.

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Why is it important?

Regardless of what new skills staff need to acquire to support them in a new role, important contributors to their success include a well-constructed skills development programme, a mentor/coach and a support network of specialists.

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As authors, we hope that the article is particularly useful because it draws on the first-hand experiences of an academic librarian who found herself in the "deep end" of transitioning to a new and demanding role.

Dr Joanna P. Richardson
Retired

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This page is a summary of: Developing new skills for research support librarians, The Australian Library Journal, May 2015, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/00049670.2015.1041215.
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