The Academic Research Library in A Decade of Change

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9781843342458
eBook ISBN: 9781780630991
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 31st January 2007
Page Count: 256
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This book starts from the premise that the last decade has brought more changes for the academic research library than any ever previously known. The book provides an authoritative overview and analysis of the issues and challenges affecting academic research libraries from the closing years of the 20th century onwards. While the focus on this period of white water change is primarily British, with a number of case studies based on the transformative initiatives of the UKs Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and its seminal Electronic Libraries Programme (eLib), as well as on the Bodleian Libraries far-reaching responses to the complex demands of the digital age, the issues themselves are presented in their global context, with implications drawn for research libraries everywhere.

Key Features

  • Written by one of the worlds leading academic research librarians
  • Provides a comprehensive overview of the factors at work in an exceptionally significant and fast-moving decade of research library development
  • Contains personal insights into many of the key library and information initiatives of recent years


Practitioners and students in Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

The strategic issues: An overview; Towards the academic digital library: The role of the Joint Information Systems Committee; What users want; Case study: Modernising Oxford’s libraries for the new millennium; Innovation, cooperation, integration: The defining influence of the eLib programme; Working together for strategic advantage: Research library consortia in the digital age; The past, present and future of the book; Case study: Library fundraising in Oxford; Scholarly communications and the research library in the digital world; The digital data deluge: The challenge of e-Science; Overcoming transience: Digital preservation for the long-term future; Case study: The Bodleian Library from Gutenberg to Google.


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…a timely and incisive book that should inform practitioners, students and policy-makers., Australian Academic & Research Libraries
…I found the book enlightening. …it touches on so many issues that are of vital interest to librarians in UK academic research., Lesley Dingle, Squire Law Library, UK