Corinna Haas on “The central Role of the Library”

Julia Rehfeldt —  October 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Corinna HaasCorinna Haas is head of the ICI Library at ICI Berlin since 2007. The ICI Library is an in-house reference library specialized in library services for fellows in residence. Corinna studied European Ethnography, Comparative Literature, and Library and Information Science in Stuttgart, Tübingen, and Berlin. She has published on One-Person Libraries, ethnographic research methods in User Studies, and professional cross-disciplinary exchange. She is interested in new practices and technologies to improve and extend library services.

Hybrid Publishing Lab: From your perspective, how do new digital technologies have affected the role of the library?
Corinna Haas: In short, the role of the library has shifted from collection manager to service provider. Maybe I could expand on this on the library panel :-)

HPL: What recent changes do you see in scholarly communication and production, and how do these changes affect the role of libraries?
Haas: Scholarly communication and production have become fluid, and the role of the library today is to support the whole process from research to publication instead of just providing the means for research and scholarly literature as before.

HPL: Which book will you always have as an analogue copy in your bookshelf?
Haas: Don Quijote, Madame Bovary, Der Zauberberg – in short, all works of literary fiction! I’m happy to read articles, scholarly literature and all types of information online, but for works of fiction I clearly prefer print books. Maybe one day I’ll read/watch/listen to digital-born fiction online, but today it doesn’t make much sense to me to read digital twins of print-born novels.

HPL: Are there any specific topics you are currently concerned with in your work that relate to our conference on post-digital scholarship?
Haas: As an Academic librarian, I work a lot with post-digital scholars; I’m very interested in what they are actually doing, and therefore in (Library) User Studies and information behavior. I also try to mingle with the digital intelligentsia as a kind of participant observer, in order to see the library from new angles. However, I’m currently not involved in a project that relates to the conference in a strict sense.

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