Chris, would you elaborate on what you mean by “graduate technician,” and might a librarian also function as one?
More broadly, this reminds me of the Monteith College Library Experiment at Wayne State University in the 1960s (reference and historical context to follow). Although dated in some respects, it remains instructive due to the fact that it was a deliberate and sustained attempt to “develop a more vital relationship between the library and college teaching,” the aim of which was “student practice and skill in both ‘acquiry’ (the assembling of facts and information) and ‘inquiry’ (the examination and analysis of the facts)”.
Would adding acquiry to our vocabulary alongside inquiry be helpful? I ask because acquiry might help us better understand what “skill set” librarians bring to the inquiry process?
Having said this, do we then also need to elaborate on what we mean by pedagogical expertise in relation to inquiry?