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.

Topic Centers

The Academic Library: Its Place and Role in the Institution by Joanne R. Euster
What Community Colleges Need from Their Libraries by David R. Dowell and Jack A. Scott
Benign Neglect of the "Heart of the College": Liberal Arts College Deans Look at the Library by Lloyd W. Chapin and Larry Hardesty
The Library and the Provost by Peter E. Wagner
Professional Education for Academic Librarians by Anne Woods Worth and Mary Westerman
Training and Development for Library Staff by Tom Wilding
Selection, Career Paths, and Managerial Development in Academic Library Administration: Forecasting the Needs of the Twenty-first Century by G. Charles Newman
Funding Academic Libraries by Carla J. Stoffle and Kathleen Weibel
Academic Collections in a Changing Environment by Ronald F. Dow, Salvatore Meringolo, and Gloriana St. Clair
Designing Effective Library Organizations by Charles T. Townley
Forecasting, Forestalling, Fashioning: The Future of Academic Libraries and Librarians by Jordan M. Scepanski
A Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences: A Shamelss Knock-off with Apologies to Galileo by Paul M. Gherman and Robert C. Heterick, Jr.
The Academic Library in Higher Education: A Selective Annotated Bibliography by Rashelle S. Karp, Rita Rivera, and Sherry Engle

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