Academic Libraries

Their Rationale and Role in American Higher Education

by Gerard B. McCabe, Ruth J. P erson


Chapters by contributors from around the U.S. discuss the place and purpose of the campus library in a changing academic environment.

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April 1995


Pages 248
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/General

At the end of the 20th century, college and university libraries face enormous challenges and opportunities. As campuses move into the information age, the mission and role of the library is being redefined. While the amount of information libraries need to acquire continues to increase, the resources available to do so are insufficient. Moreover, administrators need to assess the relationship between the library and the computer center, as both fight for limited resources.

This book offers academic administrators and librarians a better understanding of the issues facing the library during this time of change and the role of the library in the evolving campus of the future. Chapters are written by expert contributors, who reflect a range of perspectives and experience. The authors treat such current and emerging issues as the future of printed material in the library, the role of the library in instruction, the library and the larger campus community, the training and development of personnel for the future, library expenditures at a time when technology quickly becomes obsolete, and the future of academic libraries.

Table of Contents

The Academic Library: Its Place and Role in the Institution by Joanne R. EusterWhat Community Colleges Need from Their Libraries by David R. Dowell and Jack A. ScottBenign Neglect of the "Heart of the College": Liberal Arts College Deans Look at the Library by Lloyd W. Chapin and Larry HardestyThe Library and the Provost by Peter E. WagnerProfessional Education for Academic Librarians by Anne Woods Worth and Mary WestermanTraining and Development for Library Staff by Tom WildingSelection, Career Paths, and Managerial Development in Academic Library Administration: Forecasting the Needs of the Twenty-first Century by G. Charles NewmanFunding Academic Libraries by Carla J. Stoffle and Kathleen WeibelAcademic Collections in a Changing Environment by Ronald F. Dow, Salvatore Meringolo, and Gloriana St. ClairDesigning Effective Library Organizations by Charles T. TownleyForecasting, Forestalling, Fashioning: The Future of Academic Libraries and Librarians by Jordan M. ScepanskiA Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences: A Shamelss Knock-off with Apologies to Galileo by Paul M. Gherman and Robert C. Heterick, Jr.BibliographyThe Academic Library in Higher Education: A Selective Annotated Bibliography by Rashelle S. Karp, Rita Rivera, and Sherry Engle


Reviews can be assured that not only are the usual suspects (professional education, funding, the future, collections) to be found herein, but also some faint surprises. Especially commendable are the papers by Joanne Euster, Anne Woodsworth and Mary Westerman, and Jordan Scepanski, but the editors are to be congratulated on a compilation of consistent quality and general levelheadedness.— Library Journal

The authors address the issues assigned to them with assurance and conviction as they review where we have been and where we are going: the special needs of the community college the basic as well as continuing education needs of the staff, organizational and personnel issues, and the position of the academic library in the educational enterprise. Much, if not most, of it will be new to administrators in higher education who, as Chapin and Hardesty point out, usually concern themselves with libraries primarily as a budget issue.— College & Research Libraries

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