The 21st Century Academic Library

The 21st Century Academic Library

Global Patterns of Organization and Discourse

1st Edition - August 23, 2017

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  • Author: Mary Bolin
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081018675
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081018668

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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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 176
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2017
  • Published: August 23, 2017
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081018675
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081018668

About the Author

Mary Bolin

Mary K. Bolin is Professor Emeritus at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (UNL), USA. She served as Chair of Technical Services at UNL and at the University of Idaho for nearly thirty years, as well as serving as a Catalog and Metadata Librarian. She is a full-time lecturer at the School of Information at San Jose State University, and teaches both cataloging and metadata classes for MLIS students. She is the editor of the peer-reviewed e-journal Library Philosophy and Practice, which has been continuously published since 1998. She is the author of The 21st Century Academic Library: Global Patterns of Organization and Discourse, which was published the by Chandos imprint in 2017, and of numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as conference presentations. Her research interests include library administration and organization, discourse and text analysis, and topics in the Digital Humanities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Mary K. Bolin, PhD Professor Emeritus, University of Nebraska--Lincoln Lecturer, School of Information, San Jose State University, San Jose, California

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