One of the aspects of librarianship that I have spent some time thinking about is the growing tendency for libraries to act as publishers. No longer are libraries storehouses for knowledge, where the librarians act as curators and guides. Instead they have started to move in content creation.
It may seem that this is only happening in larger academic libraries, but smaller public libraries are also becoming publishers. Many now are publishing content in the form of social media platforms. But even more importantly small public libraries, especially in New Zealand, are at the fore of enabling communities to publish their stories. Kete Horowhenua being the most high profile example of such digital publishing leadership.
In my role at Victoria my brief is primarily around publishing. Whether it is digitising our content to upload onto one of our various platforms, or talking to other areas of the University about how to get their content up and out there. We are now looking at installing the Open Journal Systems software on our infrastructure to allow faculty to publish their journals in a open digital manner.
This has made me aware that in some ways I am becoming more of a publisher than a librarian. I might have to look into the publishing societies and their professional organisations.