Libraries in the Twenty-First Century

Charting Directions in Information Services


  • Stuart Ferguson, University of Oxford, U.K.

Libraries in the Twenty-First Century brings together library educators and practitioners to provide a scholarly yet accessible overview of library and information management and the challenges that the twenty-first century offers the information profession. The papers in this collection illustrate the changing nature of the library as it evolves into its twenty-first century manifestation. The national libraries of Australia and New Zealand, for instance, have harnessed information and communication technologies to create institutions that are far more national, even democratic, in terms of delivery of service and sheer presence than their print-based predecessors.

Aimed at practitioners and students alike, this publication covers specific types of library and information agencies, discusses specific aspects of library and information management and places developments in library and information services in a number of broad contexts: socio-economic, ethico-legal, historical and educational.
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Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science


Book information

  • Published: May 2007
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-876938-43-7

Table of Contents

Part 1 Library and information agencies in the twenty-first century: case studies: The evolving public library; Teacher librarians and the school library; Higher education libraries; Special libraries and information services; National, state and territory libraries: information for the nation. Part 2 Library and information services in the twenty-first century: Creating desire: bringing the library client and the librarian together; Information sources; Current issues in library collecting; Information access; Library and information systems: a work in progress. Part 3 The information environment in the twenty-first century: Beyond the corporate library: information management in organisations; Evidence and memory: records services and archives; Information literacy and the leveraging of corporate knowledge; The historical perspective: where we've come from; The social, political and cultural context of libraries in the twenty-first century: an overview; Ethics and law for information practice; Library managers today: the challenges; Education for library and information service.