Research and Preparation for Academic Professionalism: The Role of Academic Librarian

By Michael Perini and Theresa Calcagno.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Preparation for academic professionalism is a pertinent topic of discussion for any graduate student anticipating a career in academe. Still, resources external to academic departments, specifically academic librarians, often go underutilized due to organizational structures and perceptions within universities. This study strives to expand the scope of the scholarship and produce viable solutions as to how librarian involvement might augment the professionalism process. Findings from this study present a modified structure of academic preparation facilitated by librarian effort; further, it outlines the enhancement of the student-librarian-faculty cultural relationship from one of a service orientation to a reciprocally beneficial association.

Keywords: Academic Professionalism, Academic Librarian

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.13-25. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 564.974KB).

Dr. Michael Perini

Reference and Research Specialist, Fenwick Library Reference, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Michael received a Bachelor of Arts in Classics and History, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta, as well as a Master of Arts in History from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2006. He completed the requirements for the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies for Higher Education at George Mason University in 2011 and began coursework for the Doctor of Arts in Community College Education, also at George Mason University. His research interests include for-profit educational institutions, distance education, and the exploration of the concepts of public and civic good.

Theresa Calcagno

IT & Engineering Liaison Librarian, Fenwick Library Reference, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA

Theresa is an IT & Engineering Liaison Librarian, Fenwick Library Reference, at George Mason University.

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