The topic of virtual librarianship emerged as a discussion area during last year’s SLA Hot Topics panel, when we gave a call-to-action: “Don’t Just Be Integral: Be Aligned!”. We subsequently convened a focus group to analyze the success factors and challenges of virtual libraries and virtual special librarianship.
This has turned out to be particularly timely, given the changes in all our professional lives necessitated by COVID-19, many of which may take shape as organizational strategies in our post-pandemic world.
Facilitator Emma Hathway, Lucidea’s Vice President of Client Services, and focus group members from law and financial services firms, pharmaceutical companies, government agencies, and trade associations discussed fundamental questions, such as:
- What is the definition of a virtual special library?
- What are the drivers of going virtual?
- What are the pillars that support a successful virtual library?
- What are the benefits and challenges of the virtual library?
- What are the fundamentals of process and technology?
- How does the virtual library impact and change professional development?
- What is the future of virtual libraries?
This new whitepaper presents information discussed during a series of focus group meetings which were designed to explore virtual librarianship, and to surface important issue areas for further consideration—perhaps during our next SLA Hot Topics Panel!
We invite you to download a copy of the white paper compiled from the findings of Lucidea’s Virtual Libraries Focus Group, “The Virtual Special Library: The Next Normal?”.
Skills for special librarians include strategic research on library services, products, and policies in order to understand and serve stakeholders
Skills for special librarians who conduct training include leveraging the Kaufman Five Levels of Evaluation to assess instruction efficacy.
Skills for special librarians include leveraging technology like 360° videos, as training and orientations are increasingly virtual
Skills for special librarians including reflecting on prior experiences, keeping what works, and improving upon what doesn’t. Questions to ask.