Q&A with Trevor Dawes

2012-10-12 18:00:10

A Q&A with Trevor Dawes, speaker at Internet Librarian International

Trevor Dawes is Circulation Director at Princeton University Library (US). In this interview he speaks about what excites him about his current role and the future of our profession.

Tell us a little about you, your background and your current role.

I have been working in libraries for over 20 years now, mostly in public services positions, but I've also worked in technical services areas as well. I'm currently the circulation services director at the Princeton University Library. In this role, I oversee several public services operations, including circulation, course reserve, resource sharing, stack management, current periodicals, privileges, and remote storage. I'm also an adjunct instructor in the MLIS program at Drexel University where I teach an introductory course that is required of all students.

What will you be talking about at Internet Librarian International? And why have you chosen this subject?

At Internet Librarian International 2012 I'll be speaking about Princeton's implementation of a discovery service - a hybrid Primo and Summon solution. Many libraries, as we think we are losing our students to Google and Wikipedia, have turned to these discovery platforms as a way to present our users with a search interface that is similar to that which our students are using. These platforms are designed to enable us to move away from the various search silos we had previously and to present a unified search interface for our users to access our vast resources - whether print, electronic, or digital. I led the team at Princeton that recommended our discovery solution.

What excites you about the future for libraries and information?

I'm excited about the fact that - despite the changes in the way people seek, find and use information - libraries and librarians will always be here to play a role in meeting those information needs. It is true that changes in technology often make it easier for people to find information, but we continue to provide vetted, quality information that help others create knowledge.

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