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The 21st Century Academic Library - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081018668, 9780081018675

The 21st Century Academic Library

1st Edition

Global Patterns of Organization and Discourse

Author: Mary Bolin
Paperback ISBN: 9780081018668
eBook ISBN: 9780081018675
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 25th August 2017
Page Count: 176
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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Background
3. Academic Library Organization
4. Literature Review
5. Data, Results and Discussion
6. Conclusion
Appendix 1. List of Universities
Appendix 2. Discourse Analysis Instrument


The 21st Century Academic Library: Global Patterns of Organization and Discourse discusses the organization of academic libraries, drawing on detailed research and data.

The organization of the library follows the path of a print book or journal: acquisitions, cataloguing, circulation, reference, instruction, preservation and general administration. Most libraries still have public services and technical services, and are still very print-based in their organization, while their collections and services are increasingly electronic and virtual.

This book gathers information on organizational patterns of large academic libraries in the US and Europe, providing data that could motivate libraries to adopt innovative organizational structures or assess the effectiveness of their current organizational patterns.

Key Features

  • Contributes to the literature on the globalization of information and of library and information science
  • Analyzes and presents data in a way that allows librarians and library administrators to consider what organizational patterns are the most effective for the goals they are pursuing
  • Includes emerging patterns that are not widely seen in the academic library population


Academic library administrators and librarians, who are seeking solutions to workflow, training, productivity, and user experience. This book could be used as a textbook for an LIS course on academic libraries or on management


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About the Author

Mary Bolin

Dr. Mary K. Bolin is Professor, and Catalog and Metadata Librarian, in the Digital Initiatives and Special Collections Department at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL). She is also an instructor in the School of Information at San José State University. Dr. Bolin has worked at UNL since 2004 and was previously a member of the library faculty at the University of Idaho from 1986 to 2004, and at the University of Georgia from 1981 to 1986.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Nebraska—Lincoln (UNL), USA