Are Subject Librarians An Endangered Species?: A Select Bibliography

A Select Bibliography: 1975 – 2005
(in descending chronological order)

Greg DeLong, “Librarians, the Library’s Secret Resource, “ The Daily Universe: Digital Edition (May 26, 2005).
“The more than 30 subject librarians at the Harold B. Lee Library are one of the most valuable yet underutilized resources available to students…I’d definitely go to [a] subject librarian so I could…be sure that I had gone to the expert.”

Vanessa Chavez, “Subject Librarians in Digital Reference,” Webjunction (May 19, 2005),
“A major change in reference services…has led many people to question the role of the librarian, including subject specific reference librarians.”

Joan Gotwals, ”Growing Needs and Limited Budgets: The Challenge of Supporting Print and Electronic Resources, “ College & Research Libraries News 66 (April 2005): 294-97.
“As librarians understand and college and university administrators often do not, the role of libraries and librarians is ever more important in assisting users in the hybrid world to navigate the dizzying universe of electronic information and relate these sources to print and archival materials. It also requires greater subject expertise and…will likely result in a need for more Ph.D.s on the library staff, especially in research universities.”

Sonja L. McAbee and John-Bauer Graham, “Expectations, Realities, and Perceptions of Subject Specialist Librarians’ Duties in Medium-Sized Academic Libraries,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 31 (January 2005): 19-28.

Connie Lenz, “Faculty Services in Academic Law Libraries: Emerging Roles for the Collection Development Librarian,” Law Library Journal, 96 (Spring 2004): 283-93.

Linda L. Phillips and Sara R. Williams, “Collection Development Embraces the Digital Age: A Review of the Literature, 1997-2003,” Library Resources & Technical Services, 48 (October 2004): 273-99. **Note: Subject-Specific Collection Development is discussed on page 283.

Rosalie Sanderson, “Subject Specialists – Are We Too Lean and Mean for Them Today?” The All-SIS Newsletter 23 (No. 2, Spring 2004).

James Corey Tucker, Jeremy Bullian and Matthew C. Torrence, “Collaborate or Die! Collection Development in Today’s Academic Library,” The Reference Librarian 40 (No. 83/84, 2003): 219-236.

“Law Library Collection Development in the Digital Age: Part I. Special issue.” Legal Reference Services Quarterly 21 (No. 2/3, 2002): xv-xvi, 1-188.

Richard Biddiscombe, “Learning Support Professionals: The Changing Role of Subject Specialists in UK Academic Libraries,” Program 36 (No. 4, 2002): 228-35.

John DuPuis and Patti Ryan, “Bridging the Two Cultures: A Collaborative Approach to Managing Electronic Resources,” Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship 34 (Spring 2002),

Wade R. Kotter, “Improving Subject Access in Anthropology,” Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian 20 (No. 2, 2002): 1-15.

Johnnieque B. Love, “The Enhanced and Changing Role of the Specialist Librarian: Survey of Education Librarians,” The Reference Librarian 37 (No. 78, 2002): 149-65.

Jeanie M. Welch, “Hey! What About Us?! Changing Roles of Subject Specialists and Reference Librarians in the Age of Electronic Resources,” Serials Review 28 (Winter 2002): 283-6.

Allison V. Level, “Biocomplexity and the Reference Subject Specialist: Interconnectedness and Change,” Colorado Libraries 27 (Summer 2001): 25-7.

Stephen J. Pinfield, “The Changing Role of Subject Librarians in Academic Libraries,” Journal of Librarianship and Information Science 33 (March 2001): 32-8.

Dan C. Hazen, “Twilight of the Gods? Bibliographers in the Electronic Age,” Library Trends 48 (Spring 2000): 821-41.

Ruth A. Pagell and Edward J. Lusk, “A Professional Photo of Academic Business Librarians Worldwide: The Present Picture and a Future View,” Journal of Business and Finance Librarianship 6 (No. 1, 2000): 3- 21.

Evan Ira Farber, “Faculty-Librarian Cooperation: A Personal Retrospective,” Reference Services Review 27 (No. 3, 1999): 229-34.

Deborah L. Jakubs, “Staffing for Collection Development in the Electronic Environment: Toward a New Definition of Roles and Responsibilities,” Journal of Library Administration 28 (No. 4, 1999): 71-83.

Wade R. Kotter, “Bridging the Great Divide: Improving Relations between Librarians and Classroom Faculty,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 25 (July 1999): 294-303.

Gary R. White, ‘Academic Subject Specialist Positions in the United States: A Content Analysis of Announcements from 1990 through 1998,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 25 (September 1999): 372-82.

Cynthia H. Schabb and Judith L. Rieke, “Collection Development: A Collaborative Effort,” in Advances in Collection Development and Resource Management vol. 2 (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1996), 181-95.

Myoung Chung Wilson and Hendrik Edelman, “Collection Development in an Interdisciplinary Context,” Journal of Academic Librarianship 22 (May 1996): 195-200.

Michael A. Keller, “Late Awakenings: Recruiting Subject Specialists to Librarianship and Collection Development,” in Recruiting, Educating, and Training Librarians for Collection Development, ed., Peggy Johnson and Sheila S. Intner. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 45-68.

Mathew Ikechukwu Oliobi, “Tapping the Subject Background of Librarians: The University of Port Harcourt Library Experience,” Library Review (Glasgow, Scotland) 43 (No. 3, 1994): 32-40.

Michael T. Ryan, “Among the Disciplines: The Bibliographer in the I World (interdisciplinary world),” in Recruiting, Educating, and Training Librarians for Collection Development, ed., Peggy Johnson and Sheila S. Intner. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1994), 99-112.

Jan van der Wateren, “The Importance of Museum Libraries,” INSPEL: International Journal of Special Libraries 33 (No. 4, 1994): 190-98.

John M. Haar, “Scholar or Librarian? How Academic Libraries’ Dualistic Concept of the Bibliographer Affects Recruitment,” Collection Building 12 (No. 1/2, 1993): 18-23.
Desmond B. Maley, “Becoming a Subject Literature Expert: A Case Study in Gerontology,” RQ 33 (Winter 1993): 205-12.

Maria Otero-Boisvert, “The Role of the Collection Development Librarian in the 90s and Beyond,” Journal of Library Administration 18 (No. 3/4, 1993): 159-70.

Anne Beth Liebman Gibbs, “Subject Specialization in the Scientific Special Library,” Special Libraries 84 (Winter 1993): 1-8.

Ellen G. Detlefsen, “Specialists as Professionals in Research Libraries: An Overview of Trends and an Analysis of Job Announcements,” Library Trends 41 (No. 2, 1992): 187- 97.

John Mark Tucker, “Challenges Confronting the Social Sciences and Humanities in University Research Libraries,” Collection Management 16 (No. 2, 1992): 1-11.

Mary Frances Grosch and Terry L. Weech, “Perceived Value of Advanced Subject Degrees by Librarians Who Hold Such Degrees,” Library & Information Science Research 13 (July-September 1991): 173-99.

Jean-Pierre V. M. Hérubel, “To “Degree” or Not to “Degree”: Academic Librarians and Subject Expertise,” Indiana Libraries 10 (No. 2, 1991): 90-4.

Adakole Ochai, “The Generalist Versus the Subject Specialist Librarian: A Critical Choice for Academic Library Directors in Nigeria,” International Library Review 23 (June 1991): 111-20.

Lynn Barstis Williams, “Subject Knowledge for Subject Specialists: What the Novice Bibliographer Needs to Know,” Collection Management 14 (No. 3/4, 1991): 31-47.

Richard A. Gray, “Reviewing Reference Publications: The Importance of Relevant Subject Knowledge; Selected Case Studies of Librarians’ Conspicuous Failures,” Reference Services Review 18 (No. 1, 1990): 7-16.

Fred J. Hay, “”The Subject Specialist in the Academic Library: A Review Article, “ Journal of Academic Librarianship 16 (March 1990): 11-17.

Barbara J. Henn, “Acquisitions Management: The Infringing Roles of Acquisitions Librarians and Subject Specialists–An Historical Perspective,” in Advances in Library Administration and Organization vol. 8 (Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1989), 113-29.

Lynn C. Hattendorf, “The Art of Reference Collection Development,” RQ 29 (Winter 1989): 219-29.

Scott Stebelman, “The Role of Subject Specialists in Reference Collection Development,” RQ 29 (Winter 1989): 266-73.

Dennis R. Brunning, “Troubleshooting the Approval Plan: A Case Study From the Subject Specialist’s Point of View,” in Libraries and the Literacy Challenge : The Frontier of the 90’s, Proceedings of the Mountain Plains Library Association Academic Library Section Research Forum (Emporia, KN: Emporia State University Press, 1987), 91-116.

Samuel B. Bandara, “Subject Specialists in University Libraries in Developing Countries:
The Need,” Libri 36 (September 1986): 202-11.

Mark J. A. Shields, “Changing the Face of the Subject Librarian in the Online Age in Academic Libraries,” IATUL Proceedings 17 (1985): 153-8.

John M. Budd, “The Education of Academic Librarians,” College & Research Libraries
45 (January 1984): 15-24. D. O. Fadiran, “Subject Specialization in Academic Libraries,” International Library Review 14 (January 1982): 41-46.

Sarbjit S. Sandhu, “The Role of the Subject Specialist in a University Library,” Unesco
Bulletin for Libraries 29 (March/April 1975): 64-7.

Compiled by the ANSS 2005 Conference Program Planning Committee: Mimmo Bonnami Wade Kotter (ANSS Chair and Program Moderator) Pauline Manaka
Brian Quinn (Co-Chair) Lynn Westney (Co-Chair)