October 17, 2021

Journal Article: “Online For-Profit Colleges and Universities and the Evolving Role of Academic Librarianship”

The following article was recently published by the Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning.

Title

Online For-Profit Colleges and Universities and the Evolving Role of Academic Librarianship

Authors

Donald Force
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Bradley J. Wile
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Source

Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Published online: 02 Feb 2021
DOI: 10.1080/1533290X.2021.1880528

Abstract

This presentation reports on a survey of academic librarians and their attitudes on several interrelated professional issues in the online for-profit college and university environment. Librarians from this sector offer a unique perspective on librarianship best practices for online educational delivery. They also present a clearheaded understanding on the impact of profit-based decision making on academic librarian values, responsibilities, and sense of professional duty. In addition to the survey results, this presentation discusses how academic librarianship has responded to the growing prevalence of virtual education delivery, and what roles the for-profit model might proffer for academic librarians going forward.

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32 pages; PDF.

Title

Online For-Profit Colleges and Universities and the Evolving Role of Academic Librarianship

Authors

Donald Force
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Bradley J. Wile
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Source

Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning
Published online: 02 Feb 2021
DOI: 10.1080/1533290X.2021.1880528

Abstract

This presentation reports on a survey of academic librarians and their attitudes on several interrelated professional issues in the online for-profit college and university environment. Librarians from this sector offer a unique perspective on librarianship best practices for online educational delivery. They also present a clearheaded understanding on the impact of profit-based decision making on academic librarian values, responsibilities, and sense of professional duty. In addition to the survey results, this presentation discusses how academic librarianship has responded to the growing prevalence of virtual education delivery, and what roles the for-profit model might proffer for academic librarians going forward.

Direct to Full Text Article

Direct to Full Text Article
32 pages; PDF.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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