The symposium, this blog (and the forthcoming Ashgate book) have arisen out of observation of a conscious move on the part of many librarians in Higher Education to provide personalised and highly-tailored library services in order to meet higher user expectations and to regain lost information territory.

Put simply, as St Clair observed (1), it is a move from ‘just-in-case’ librarianship to ‘just for you’ librarianship. It is a paradigm shift that prompted myself and Elizabeth Tilley to write an article for CILIP Update on a personalised or ’boutique’ approach (2), an approach we plan to unpack and explore further here and at the symposium.

Over the next few months we plan to add details of professional articles and blogposts here so that this blog might become a useful resource on this topic.

Andy Priestner

1. St Clair, G., Staffing the special library, In: A. Scammell (ed.), Handbook of Information Management, 8th ed, Aslib-IMI, London, 2001, pp. 43-71.
2. Priestner, A. and E. Tilley, Boutique Libraries at your service, Library and Information Update. CILIP, July 2010 (online only edition).