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.


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Figures and tables
  • Introduction
    • Chapter outline
  • Part 1: Library and information agencies in the twenty-first century: case studies
    • Chapter 1: The evolving public library
      • The public library mission
      • Services offered and staff required
      • Public library collections
      • Library facilities
      • Cataloguing and processing of material
      • Funding of public libraries and their relationship to state and local government
      • Trends and issues for public libraries
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 2: Teacher librarians and the school library
      • The learning and teaching context of school libraries
      • The school library mission
      • Standards for school libraries
      • The role of the teacher librarian
      • Information literacy in schools
      • Collection development in school libraries
      • Information services to students and teachers
      • The school library website and school intranet
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3: Higher education libraries
      • Mission of higher education libraries
      • Policy and regulation
      • Student population
      • Learning and teaching
      • Quality assurance
      • Resource sharing
      • Research
      • Academic publishing
      • Workforce planning
      • Higher education libraries in regional Australia: a case study
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 4: Special libraries and information services
      • Special libraries in Australia
      • Competencies of special librarians
      • Core competencies
      • Professional competencies
      • Personal competencies
      • ‘Sees the big picture’
      • ‘Seeks out challenges and capitalizes on new opportunities’ and ‘Thinks creatively and innovatively; seeks new or “reinvents” opportunities’
      • ‘Remains


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About the author

Stuart Ferguson

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Oxford, U.K.