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Title: Assessing safe spaces for digital scholarship in the library
Authors: Wexelbaum, Rachel
Keywords: Library and information science
Issue Date: 2016
Source: Wexelbaum, R. (2016). Assessing safe spaces for digital scholarship in the library. Library and Information Science Research E-Journal, 26(1), 14-30.
Journal: Library and Information Science Research E-Journal 
Abstract: Background. Academic libraries, and the students and faculty that they serve, have different definitions of safe space. The attempts of both parties to construct a safe space for digital scholarship in the library can clash based on these divergent perspectives. While the number of academic libraries providing some form of digital scholarship support is increasing, the library definition of safe space, as well as the working culture of the library, has the potential to render libraries unsafe spaces for innovation and digital scholarship. Objectives. The author of this paper will address the challenges that academic libraries face in creating safe spaces for digital scholarship. Major challenges include differences in working and leadership styles among different librarians, as well as the library’s assumption that academic libraries automatically function as safe spaces. Results. To date no safe space assessment tool exists specifically for academic libraries or any organization that wishes to provide STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) related education. Using models for organizational change and strategic planning, the author proposes a series of recommendations and questions that academic libraries seeking to implement or improve digital scholarship services should investigate.
ISSN: 1058-6768
DOI: 10.32655/LIBRES.2016.1.2
Rights: © 2016 Rachel Wexelbaum. All rights reserved.
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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