The Evolving Role of the Librarian
Campus libraries have evolved, and so has the role of the college librarian. The responsibilities have moved far beyond acquiring and curating a collection of books and academic materials. Now, librarians must act as equal parts faculty coach, design expert, tech guru, and student-success advocate. As Covid-19 calls the future of the college campus into question, what new skills must library managers develop now?

In the virtual forum, The Evolving Role of the Librarian, a panel of librarians joins The Chronicle to discuss the state of the profession today and how it may change on a post-Covid campus.

- What should librarians know about optimizing physical space?
- How can librarians heighten their understanding of digital materials and open-educational resources?
- How are they making the case for their roles and the resources they need, amid tightening budget constraints?

Panelists include:
- Clarence D Maybee, W. Wayne Booker Chair of Information Literacy, Purdue University
- Peggy Seiden, College Librarian, Swarthmore College
- Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries & University Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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