Innovations in Science and Technology Libraries

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Catch up with the many innovations now affecting sci/tech libraries!

The twenty-four chapters in Innovations in Science and Technology Libraries discuss the creation of digital collections, e-repositories, personalized Web environments, and discipline-specific Web sites for students and researchers. The book also explores the use of new technologies to improve document delivery and service provision as well as demonstrations of leadership by science librarians who are willing to take risks, adapt to change, control costs, and collaborate with colleagues.

Here is just a fraction of the fascinating cases and important concepts highlighted in Innovations in Science and Technology Libraries:

  • the Drexel University Library’s transition from print to an electronic-only journal collection
  • the benefits of adopting a just-in-time (purchase on demand) rather than a just-in-case acquisitions policy
  • IntelliDoc—how it has raised the standard for document delivery worldwide and increased international recognition of CISTI
  • how California State University, Sacramento, merged its science library into its central reference department—an examination of the two-year merging process
  • the creation of branch libraries focused on electronic information—an engineering library at Kansas State University and an agriculture library at the University of Manitoba
  • the impact of electronic information upon undergraduate science education
  • literacy competencies in the sciences—and their implications for library instruction
  • how the MIT libraries created and developed the Reference Vision system that now guides all of their new reference services
  • the impact of learning communities upon library services
  • recent additions that enhance the usefulness of the IEEE Xplore online delivery system
Innovations in Science and Technology Libraries will bring you up-to-date on the latest developments, sharpen your awareness of new concepts and techniques in sci/tech librarianship, and help your library stay abreast of important changes in this ever-evolving field. Make it a part of your professional reference collection today!
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Mary J Moore, MA, PhD (University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description: This compilation of articles on advances in science and technology libraries was published simultaneously as the journal, Science & Technology Libraries, Vol. 24, No. 1/2 and No. 3/4, 2003. It includes 24 chapters with multiple authors.
Purpose: The stated objective is to show that science and technology libraries are evolving proactively, motivated by users' needs. The value of the book goes beyond simply demonstrating that librarians are trendsetters. It provides an informative review of numerous library innovations and is also inspiring to librarian change agents.
Audience: The book is of greatest interest to science and technology librarians, library leaders, and administrators. It should also interest students and faculty members in the information sciences. The chapter authors are librarians on the front lines of the innovations described and have actually done the things many of us dream about.
Features: The book conveniently brings together information about many innovations including changes in publishing, development of digital collections, resulting changes to the physical library, new services, and organizational change. Like most Haworth publications, there does not seem to be enough white space to aid in reading comprehension. And, although the purpose states that users' needs are the motivating factors, the index does not include relevant terms like evaluation, needs assessment, usability or focus groups.
Assessment: My delight with this book is tempered by a few warnings: it is wise to be wary of any printed book with the word "innovations" in the title; a few Web links no longer work; be cautious before ordering and verify that your library does not already own the journal where the information was simultaneously co-published; your reading progress will probably be slowed by the obsession to check out the URLs of many of these innovations! Even with these cautions, the book is recommended. It is not a cookbook with recipes for replicating innovations, but it documents the history and context of fascinating projects like ARLIS, DSpace, IntelliDoc, and MyLibrary. Although no single work can cover every conceivable library innovation, a librarian can learn something new reading just a few pages.

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

Introduction (William Miller)
Collaborative Development of Agricultural Information Services at the National Agricultural Library of the United States (Eleanor G. Frierson, Melanie Gardner, Susan McCarthy, and Peggy J. Blake)
Integrating Customized Information into Science and Health Science Curricula: The Essential Role of Library/Faculty Collaboration (Joan L. Leishman)
Implementing an Institutional Repository: The DSpace Experience at MIT (Patsy Baudoin and Margret Branschofsky)
Scholars and Citizens: Making Research Level Collections Accessible to the Public at SIBL (John Ganly, Andrea Harland, and Kristin McDonough)
Academic Meets Corporate: Science and Technology Library Services in the Corporate World (Roger Durbin and Jo Ann Calzonetti)
ImtelliDoc: Integrating CISTI’s Information Services (Mary VanBuskirk)
Alaska Resources Library and Information Services: Pioneering Partnerships on the Last Frontier (Daria O. Carle and Juli Braund-Allen)
Personalized and Collaborative Digital Library Capabilities: Responding to the Changing Nature of Scientific Research (Rick Luce and Mariella Di Giacomo)
Subject Access Through Community Partnerships: A Case Study (Patricia A. Kreitz and Travis C. Brooks)
The Evolving Electronic Journal Collection at Drexel University (Carol Hansen Montgomery)
Evolution of a Revolution: The Movement to 24/7 Web-Based Libraries (Richard P. Widdicombe)
Changing the Publishing Paradigm for Science and Technology (Gloriana St. Clair and Erika C. Linke)
Entrepreneurial Librarians: Embracing Innovation and Motivation (JoAnn DeVries)
Taming the Two Cultures: Integrating the Science Divisional Library into the Main Library (Jian-zhong [Joe] Zhou and Leilani Hall)
Breaking the Mold: Building a New Engineering Branch Library Focused on Electronic Delivery of Information (Alice Trussell)
Developing a New Branch Agriculture Library at the University of Manitoba (Judy Harper)
Information Technology and Its Impact on Undergraduate Science Education (Alison Scott Ricker)
Generic and Discipline-Specific Information Literacy Competencies: The Case of the Sciences (Kate Manuel)
Envisioning Reference at MIT (Steve Gass, Pat Flanagan, and Lisa Horowitz)
Learning Communities: An Investigative Study into Their Impact on Library Services (Sohair F. Wastawy, Charles W. Uth, and Christopher Stewart)
Science and Technology Library Innovations Without a Science and Technology Library (JoEllen Broome)
Enhancing Access to IEEE Conference Proceedings: A Case Study in the Application of IEEE Xplore Full Text and Table of Contents Enhancements (Cherie Madarash-Hill and J. B. Hill)
Rethinking Interlibrary Loan for the Scientist (Mignon Adams)
Effective Leadership in Postmodern Science/Technology Libraries (Donald G. Frank)
Reference Notes Included
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