Book Review: The Indispensable Academic Librarian: Teaching and Collaborating for Change

Cheryl McCain


Rumors of the demise of the academic librarian have been greatly exaggerated. As libraries have changed, so, too, have those who teach students and collaborate with faculty to help students learn. It may be that these changes have simply gone unnoticed or unacknowledged. For academic librarians whose work as teachers often goes unseen or underappreciated, this book offers strategies for changing outdated perceptions of what we do. Writing in the first person, Reale provides examples and discusses how the work of academic librarians has value; we are first and foremost teachers but also consultants, liaisons, collaborators, and leaders.

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