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Abstract

As members of a service profession, librarians frequently engage in community outreach activities. This study sought to ascertain the role and definition of community service in academic librarianship, and consider expectations for librarians in staff positions, those with faculty status, and faculty librarians on the tenure track. Using a survey distributed to academic library listservs, participants report service activities are highly encouraged. Librarians receive strong institutional support for undertaking such initiatives, but the definition of community is fluid. Furthermore, responses indicated participation in community service and the librarian’s academic status are not related. Survey data revealed broad commitments to diverse service opportunities, underscoring the significance of academic librarianship in a variety of community settings.

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