Transforming Research Libraries for the Global Knowledge Society

Transforming Research Libraries for the Global Knowledge Society

1st Edition - September 1, 2010

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  • Editor: Barbara Dewey
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345947
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630380

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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

  • Dedication

    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

    Summary and challenges

    Part 2: Organization and the University Context

    Chapter 6: Organizational and strategic alignment for academic libraries


    The strategy focused organization

    Aligning strategies to performance

    Strategic alignment in the academic environment

    Strategic alignment for academic libraries

    Organizational alignment for libraries

    Organizational and strategic alignment for libraries – the leadership challenge


    Chapter 7: Building key relationships with senior campus administrators


    About McMaster University

    Human performance technology

    Systems theory

    Applying the HPT model, phase one: performance analysis

    Phase two: cause analysis

    Phase three: intervention (selection and implementation)

    Phase four: evaluation


    Appendix A: Interview questions

    Appendix B: Focus groups

    Appendix C: Web survey questions

    Part 3: Partners and Collaborative Environments

    Chapter 8: Partnerships and connections

    Partners defined

    Engaging partners

    Sustaining partners

    Partnering skills

    Future partners

    Chapter 9: Common spaces, common ground: shaping intercultural experiences in the learning commons

    Impetus for change

    The commons concept

    The role of Web 2.0

    A learning commons and ‘Ready for the World’

    Common Ground Book Club

    The Sparky Awards

    Commons World

    Film discussion series

    Programming for international students


    Part 4: Creating Accessible and Enduring Scholarship

    Chapter 10: New modes of scholarly communication: implications of Web 2.0 in the context of research dissemination


    Scholarly communication

    Social web and interactive tools

    Scholarly communication and implications of Web 2.0

    Developing academic library services towards scholarly communication 2.0


    Chapter 11: Coming home: scholarly publishing returns to the university


    Digital publishing issues

    Campus publishing stakeholders


    University publishing as commodity

    Publishing: a university priority


    Chapter 12: Confronting challenges of documentation in the digital world: the Human Rights Documentation Initiative at the University of Texas


    The birth of the Human Rights Documentation Initiative

    Mission and scope of the HRDI

    Building external partnerships



    Archiving the Internet



    Appendix 1: List of Human Rights Documentation Initiative personnel


Product details

  • No. of pages: 208
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: September 1, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345947
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780630380

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

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