Defining Relevancy: Managing the New Academic Library

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Connection. Competition. Collaboration. These three words define management of college libraries, today and in the future. They also describe the contents of this book, which focus on planning for the multiple directions that college library managers must consider and act upon. Contributed chapters cover the challenges nearly all must face, such as understanding users, information literacy, staff alignment, and the integration of physical building and function. Some chapters contain studies and models that can be replicated at similar institutions. Others offer documentation that can be used in reports or presentations to administrators and boards. Together, they convey a plethora of good ideas for responding to customers, competitors, technologies, and stakeholders.

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Editorial Reviews

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"[T]his book address issues relating to rising trends in academic library management. Starting with a description of the emerging generation of academic library patrons (i.e., the Millenial generation) and Web 2.0 technology, the essays focus on a range of timely topics — from a discussion of the change role of the library as a place to an entire section devoted to issues of information literacy….[P]rovides a worthy introduction to the vast array of emerging themes and trends that will impact the future of academic libraries and library school collections."


Library Journal

"Although it refers exclusively to libraries in the US, this book would be useful for libraries in smaller academic libraries around the world, as the challenges faced are likely to be largely similar. It focuses on practical ideas for responding to customers, competitors, technologies and stakeholders and ensuring that college libraries can survive in the twenty-first century, but, crucially, the practical advice is supported by references to supporting research as well as the experiences of the authors. All the authors succeed in conveying their enthusiasm for the topic, and their optimism for the future of college libraries. This book would be invaluable for anyone looking for new ideas to respond effectively to the challenges facing smaller academic libraries, or wishing to re-examine the way in which they deliver services and develop a coherent plan for the future."


New Library World

"It offers an optimistic and enthusiastic approach which will serve library managers well to make libraries ever more relevant to their many stakeholders."


The Australian Library Journal

Library Journal

Edited by Hurlbert (associate dean and director, libraries services, Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA) and featuring chapters written by more than 20 librarians, library administrators, and professors, this book addresses issues relating to rising trends in academic library management. Starting with a description of the emerging generation of academic library patrons (i.e., the Millennial generation) and Web 2.0 technology, the essays focus on a range of timely topics-from a discussion of the changing role of the "library as a place" to an entire section devoted to issues of information literacy. The intent of this volume is to cover the overarching themes of "Connection, Competition, and Collaboration" and as such it provides a worthy introduction to the vast array of emerging themes and trends that will impact the future of academic libraries, large and small. For academic libraries and library school collections.
—Thomas Harrod

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Meet the Author

JANET MCNEIL HURLBERT is Associate Dean and Director of Library Services, Snowden Library, Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Janet McNeil Hurlbert Hurlbert, Janet McNeil

I Analyzing Our Users: Making the Connection

1 Changing Demographics: Meet the Students and Faculty of the Future Christopher Cox Cox, Christopher 3

2 Social Software, Web 2.0, and Libraries Edward M. Corrado Corrado, Edward M. 16

II The Integration of Form and Function: Buildings and Services

3 Place Planning for Libraries: The Space Near the Heart of the College Eleanor Mitchell Mitchell, Eleanor 35

4 The New 3R's: Revolution, Reorganization, and Renovation Susan M. Campbell Campbell, Susan M. 52

5 A Future Place for Us: Results of a Survey on the Academic Library "As a Place" Jason Martin Martin, Jason 65

III Collaboration for Learning: Managing Information Literacy

6 Rhetoric versus Reality: A Faculty Perspective on Information Literacy Instruction Arthur H. Sterngold Sterngold, Arthur H. 85

7 Faculty and Information Literacy Case Study Emmett Lombard Lombard, Emmett Sally LeVan LeVan, Sally 96

8 Through the Information Literacy Lens: Managing the College Library in the Twenty-First Century Susan Swords Steffen Steffen, Susan Swords 119

IV Promoting the Library: Competition and Collaboration

9 Campus Partnership in Small Academic Libraries: Challenges and Rewards Patricia Hernas Hernas, Patricia Timothy Karas Karas, Timothy 131

10 Collaboration in Small and Medium-Sized Academic Libraries David P. Bunnell Bunnell, David P. 146

V Integration of Staff, Services, and Assessment: What Is Needed? How Will We Know? Who Will Do It?

11 Managing to Keep Academic Reference Service Christine Dettlaff Dettlaff, Christine 161

12 Community College LibraryStaffing: Evolution and Revolution Sheila Beck Beck, Sheila Barbara Bonous-Smit Bonous-Smit, Barbara 170

13 From Slide Rules to Scorecards: Service Environment Factors Affecting the Future of Assessment in Academic Libraries Larry Nash White White, Larry Nash 178

14 Big Growth Is Not a Small Strategy Michael A. Crumpton Crumpton, Michael A. 186

15 From Predictability to Managed Chaos: The Change from Print Serials to Electronic Resource Management-Indiana University, Kokomo Campus Kirsten Leonard Leonard, Kirsten 200

16 Is There a Future for Technical Services? Amy E. Badertscher Badertscher, Amy E. 213

VI Connections for College Archives: Taking on New Missions

17 Opportunities for Small and Medium-Sized College Archives in the Digital Age Carol P. Johnson Johnson, Carol P. Ann M. Kenne Kenne, Ann M. 223

VII Issues and Challenges for the Future: A Bibliographic Essay

18 The Academic Library: Issues and Challenges for the Future Susan Naylor Naylor, Susan Rashelle Karp Karp, Rashelle 237

Index 265

About the Editor and Contributors 271

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