My name is Marshall Dozier, and work as an academic ‘liaison librarian’ for postgraduates and researchers in Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.
I guess a liaison librarian is like a ‘subject librarian’ in that we each tend to specialise in a small number of subject areas, but I like to think of the role as a two-way cultural attaché – except without any under-cover intelligence work. I mean, the intelligence work is pretty overt, really.
I also have an advocacy role in supporting online digital education – we have a very active development programme at the University for online distance learning. I teach a course on the MSc Digital Education here at UoE, and, when I’m not procrastinating about it, am studying for a doctorate in education in the area of information behaviour. Mostly I seem to be procrastinating, I confess.
When I applied to take part in this voiceslibrary tweeting, one of the questions I was asked to address in this blog is why I wanted to take part. That stumped me…but I think it’s because I want to *show off* how wonderful library work can be. I’m pleasantly surprised by the variety of activities we do, by how much I learn every day from our students and colleagues. Also, I think it’s worth trying to *clear up* what libraries are about, since it appears that many policy-makers really have no idea how libraries serve communities. Is this account reaching social policy-makers? No idea, but I hope so.
Libraries support my strong belief that access to information and education are fundamental human rights.
I’m afraid I’ve come across all serious – let’s make up for that with fun in the tweets.
My personal twitter account is @mafrado – maybe see you there