Excerpt from the article, “Innovation and Inspiration on Display in the Global Librarian:”
In December 2011, the Association of College & Research Libraries, Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter, held its 30th annual symposium at Baruch College in New York City. The chair of the symposium, Caroline Fuchs, Associate Professor and Outreach Librarian at St John’s University Libraries, had picked up on an essential truth of librarianship in the 21st century: Innovative librarians have embraced the challenge of a going global in a big way.
With plenty more to explore around the concept of global librarianship, Fuchs approached Jason Kucsma, Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council, about a book project that tackled global librarianship from a wider range of library types, and a partnership was born. Over the next year, a diverse five-person editorial board shaped the intellectual background and solicited writeups of projects around the world. The Global Librarian takes an in-depth look at librarians work, from projects that connect library patrons with the world for the first time (College Library in African Culture: A Case Study of Global Librarianship in Kampala, Uganda) to librarians embracing blended roles as market intelligence information professionals for local businesses (Beyond Embedded: Blended Roles for Information Professionals in the 21st Century Knowledge Economy). The Global Librarian is an in-depth look at how librarians have done much to reinvigorate the practice of librarianship, demonstrating the valuable role played by information specialists in a wide range of settings.