Technology, Change and the Academic Library

Technology, Change and the Academic Library

Case Studies, Trends and Reflections

1st Edition - September 22, 2020

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  • Editor: Jeremy Atkinson
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128228074
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232286

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Massive technological change has been impacting universities and university libraries in recent years. Such change has manifested in technological developments impacting all areas of academic library activity, including systems, services, collections, the physical library environment, marketing, and support for university teaching, learning, research, and administration. Many books and papers have examined these changes from a technical perspective. However, there is little substantive reflection on what technological change means, and how best to get out in front of it, for the academic library. Technology, Change and the Academic Library systematically reflects on technological innovation, the successes, failures and lessons learned, the nature, process and culture of change, and key aspects including impacts on library staff and users, roles and responsibilities, and skills and capabilities. The book takes an international perspective on the massive change currently affecting academic libraries. The title gives an overview and literature review, considers technological innovation and change management, future technologies and future change, and provides information on further reading. Case studies describe the rationale, aims, and objectives for particular technological innovations, and consider methods, outcomes, and recommendations for the future. Finally, the book reflects back on how technological change can best be wrought in academic libraries.

Key Features

  • Gives library managers and librarians insight into how best to identify, plan, and implement technological innovation
  • Provides a wide-ranging overview, literature review, and a series of reflective case studies on technological innovation in libraries
  • Emphasises current trends, lessons, and critical issues for putting technological innovation into place
  • Offers an international perspective on technological innovation in the academic library
  • Uses a critical methodology to reflect on what works, what does not, and how managers can apply lessons from real cases worldwide


Academic librarians, library managers, information professionals in the academy, library leaders, library administrators, university leaders, vice chancellors and pro-vice chancellors, university administrators, postgraduate library and information science students, MLIS students, MLIS instructors

Table of Contents

  • Section 1
    1. Introduction

    Section II: Technology and Change Management in Higher Education and Academic Libraries
    2. Technology and Change Management in Academic Libraries
    3. The People Side of Change: Applying Change Management Principles in Academic Libraries

    Section III: Case Studies
    4. Developing Massive Open Online Courses
    5. Implementation of a Leganto Reading List Service at Curtin University Library
    6. Transforming Information Advisory Services in University Libraries: A Case Study at the University of Sheffield, UK
    7. Accelerating Student Learning in Communication and Research Skills: The Adoption of Adaptive Learning Technologies for Scenario-Based Modules
    8. Developing an Online Book Finding Tool for a University Library
    9. The White Rose University Press: An Academic-Led Open Access Publisher
    10. Mutual Benefit from Library Collaboration with Computational Biologists: The cropPAL Project at the University of Western Australia
    11. Brave New World?: Cardiff Metropolitan University Library Service’s Implementation of a Next Generation Library Management System
    12. Scottish Higher Education Digital Library (SHEDL): The E-Book Journey
    13. Engaging Tertiary Students with University Archival Collections and Digitisation Processes
    14. Planning and Implementing an Automated Storage and Retrieval System at the University of Limerick
    15. Making Researchers’ Lives Easier and Managing Risk at the University of Adelaide
    16. E-Books and Changes in Collection Management at Leeds University Library
    17. Universities, Jisc and the Journey to Open

    Section IV: Reflections
    18. Reflections on Technology, Change and Academic Libraries

Product details

  • No. of pages: 234
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2020
  • Published: September 22, 2020
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128228074
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232286

About the Editor

Jeremy Atkinson

Jeremy Atkinson has wide-ranging experience and expertise in the leadership, management and development of academic library services. He had overall responsibility for the strategic and operational management of library and information services at the University of Glamorgan from 1991 to 2012. He previously held library posts at the University of Northumbria, Cardiff University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He has had a long standing and active involvement in a large number of UK strategic committees and groups, notably those of Jisc (continuous involvement from 1998 – 2012), SCONUL (including three years as a trustee and member of SCONUL Executive Board) and WHELF (Wales Higher Education Libraries Forum). For WHELF he was Chair of the WHELF Development Group and responsible for the HELP (Higher Education Libraries in Partnership) project, which defined the future direction of Welsh academic library collaboration, and for the development of the WHEEL (Welsh Higher Education Electronic Library) initiative, covering e-journal and e-book procurement for the Welsh HE sector.

Affiliations and Expertise

Library and Information Services Consultant, UK

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