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Joint-Use Libraries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843343844, 9781780631301

Joint-Use Libraries

1st Edition

Libraries for the Future

Author: Sarah McNicol
Hardcover ISBN: 9781843343851
eBook ISBN: 9781780631301
Paperback ISBN: 9781843343844
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st May 2008
Page Count: 254
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Table of Contents

What are joint-use libraries? Why a joint-use library? Joint-use library design; How does a joint-use library operate? Joint-use libraries and partnerships; Joint-use libraries and communities; Expanding horizons; How good are joint-use libraries? (And how do we know?); The future.


This book examines all aspects of joint-use libraries, from the implications of government policy, to design and operational issues and evaluation. It considers all forms of joint-use library (e.g. school-public, college-public, university-public, health-university), reflecting on different models adopted around the world. Some of the main issues discussed include: partnership working, staffing and management, stock, digital resources, learning and literacy and community involvement.

Key Features

  • Brings together case studies and good practice from around the world
  • Reflects the latest developments in this rapidly-developing field
  • Covers both operational and strategic issues such as partnership working and learning in joint use libraries


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It has a good practical feel for professional issues and practice and is readable and succinct. …well produced, clearly laid out book., New Library World
…a well organized and useful work suitable for practitioners and students who want a clear and up-to-date introduction to joint-use libraries., New Library World
…a valuable book on a genuinely innovative and forward-looking type of library service. It is firmly recommended., Library Review

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About the Author

Sarah McNicol

Sarah McNicol is a research fellow at evidence base, a research and evaluation unit at the University of Central England, Birmingham, UK. She has worked at UCE since 2000 and during that time has been the lead researcher on numerous research and evaluation projects. She has published extensively in both the academic and professional press. As well as carrying out research into joint use libraries, she has established a ‘community of practice’ for those working in this area and, in 2006, edited a special edition of the journal Library Trends devoted to joint use libraries. In 2007, she is organizing an international conference to bring together researchers and practitioners in joint use libraries from around the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Central England, UK