Monash University
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Librarians Matter: A New Materialist Perspective on the Professional Expertise of Liaison Librarians

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posted on 2023-11-06, 02:25 authored by BARBARA ANNE MELLES
This thesis employs a new materialist approach to explore liaison librarians’ professional expertise. It examines the role of liaison librarians teaching students and researchers how to search for and access scholarly literature provided by library platforms. Power over decisions about the preservation of the scholarly record, access to research, measurement of the value of scholarly output, and the future shape of professional and academic work in universities increasingly resides within these platforms. The measuring mechanisms of library platforms have material consequences for academics and students, enacting some as valued and excluding others. University libraries are implicated in this measurement.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Howard Prosser

Additional supervisor 1

Melissa Wolfe (Southern Cross University

Additional supervisor 2

Mary Lou Rasmussen (Australian National University)

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Education, Culture and Society


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Education