Adv in Library Admin & Org Vol 25

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Volume twenty-one of Advances in Library Administration and Organization offers articles from scholars and administrators working throughout the world. It adapts theory to practice in a variety of areas of interest to those who manage libraries. These include a demographic study of Canadian librarianship, an article on the implementation of ISO9000 in Thailand, pieces on information literacy programs in the United States, and a discussion of organizational culture within libraries from South Africa. The idea is to provide food for thought for practitioners and theorists alike so that they might be spurred to think about the challenge of making libraries run well. Whether one is interested in service philosophies as discussed in a symposium held in honor of Johannah Sherrer, the definition of "command work", or the process used to thoughtfully develop and refine an assessment program in a Colorado university library, there is something here for every manager that will help them confront the challenges facing them. The articles address obstacles facing all of us every day and offer insights that can be of value as we seek a vision for libraries and librarianship in the 21st century.

This volume of Advances in Library Administration and Organization offers papers of interest to practitioners and researchers in the library community throughout the world.. All of the papers in one way or another address the tension between what researchers can deliver, what they define as reputable knowledge, and what library practitioners need to know "to get the job done". While these papers differ from each other by problem, scale, methodology and theory, one question "What can science tell us about practice?" unites them all. These papers include a discussion of the principles that underlie collection development, two papers that critically examine the relation between distance learning and on site library service and two more papers that use the notion of sense making to look at what the terms leadership and public space mean when we talk about libraries.

The last three papers address a series of pragmatic issues anyone who works within a library can identify with, namely, "what does it mean to "market" a library", "how can we define "value" in relation to what goes on in a library and create "value" for our communities", and, finally, "What constitutes and impedes 'success" for library professionals?", especially if those who are minority women.

These papers, taken together, raise the issues of how well we understand, researchers and practitioners alike, the institutions we study, manage and work within. What we in the profession often regard as common sense and "good practice" may not really be either. In short, these papers point to a number of issues, ones we often do not even acknowledge, that researchers need to help practitioners address if science is to make adifference in how librarians understand and manage the institutions they work within

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Collection evaluation : a reconsideration 1
An analysis of library Web sites at colleges and universities serving distance education students 23
Distance education students' perceptions of library support services : Mississippi public community and junior colleges 79
Organizational sensemaking as a theoretical framework for the study of library leadership 113
Understanding the role of values in library design 157
Marketing : a new way of doing business in academic libraries 275
How can academic librarians create value? 297
Career patterns of African American women academic library administrators 315
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