Transforming Research Libraries for the Global Knowledge Society

1st Edition

Editors: Barbara Dewey
Print ISBN: 9781843345947
eBook ISBN: 9781780630380
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2010
Page Count: 208
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Transforming Research Libraries for the Global Knowledge Society explores critical aspects of research library transformation needed for successful transition into the 21st century multicultural environment. The book is written by leaders in the field who have real world experience with transformational change and thought-provoking ideas for the future of research libraries, academic librarianship, research collections, and the changing nature of global scholarship within a higher education context.

Key Features

  • Authors are leaders in the research libraries field from a variety of countries
  • Thought provoking chapters will help guide research library transformation globally
  • Contains a diversity of thinking on research librarianship in the 21st century


Practitioners and students of library and information science

Table of Contents


List of figures and tables

About the authors

Chapter 1: Transforming research libraries: an introduction


Transformation from different perspectives

Relevance and effectiveness

Organizing for successful collaboration

Creation literacy: an example of the transformation journey

Knowledge creation is global

Conclusion: building to scale at the interfaces of cultures

Part 1: Framing the Twenty First-Century Research Library

Chapter 2: Advancing from Kumbaya to radical collaboration: redefining the future research library

Collaboration and innovation

Radical collaboration

Strategic leadership for preservation

Accountability and assessment

Library space and collaboration

Big science and data curation

Faculty relationships

The 2CUL Project


Chapter 3: Will universities still need libraries (or librarians) in 2020?


Contours of change

What will the university’s information needs be in 2020?

The ‘library’ in 2020

‘Librarians in 2020’

Some conclusions

Chapter 4: Transforming research libraries: Piano, piano, si va lontano

Starting at the top

Leading organizational transformations

An enabling vision

Creating opportunities for others to do the right things

The acquisition of knowledge, professional networks, and partners

Transformative, collaborative priorities

The continuing involvement of the user community

Piano, piano, si va lontano: toward lasting transformations

Chapter 5: The transformation of academic libraries in China

Yesteryear’s libraries

Today’s libraries

Staffing: recovery

Collections and collection development

Library buildings


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About the Editor

Barbara Dewey

Barbara I. Dewey is Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville. From 1987 until 2000 she held several administrative positions at the University of Iowa Libraries including Director, Information and Research Services and finally Interim University Librarian. Prior to her work at Iowa she held positions at Indiana University, Northwestern University, and Minnesota Valley Regional Library in Mankato, Minnesota. She is the author or editor of six books and has published articles and presented papers on research library topics including digital libraries, diversity, technology, user education, fundraising, organizational development and human resources.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Tennessee Libraries, USA


The book presents an optimistic perspective of research libraries that should emerge from the transformational processes with increased responsibilities and possibilities to face them., Information Research