The Transformed Library: E-Books, Expertise, and Evolution

The Transformed Library: E-Books, Expertise, and Evolution

by Jeannette Woodward
     
 

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"This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weak- nesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades. Woodward pro- vides a balanced, realistic assessment of the situation that confronts both libraries and information professionals.

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"This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weak- nesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades. Woodward pro- vides a balanced, realistic assessment of the situation that confronts both libraries and information professionals. In an assessment that proves both provocative and stimulating, she ◗ Examines the key technological and economic developments that have already had an impact on librarianship, and offers a frank evaluation of the roles libraries must fill today and in the future ◗ Sums up the trends in library management of e-books and other electronic media, in the process showing how libraries can enlarge their function as community hubs through digital innovation ◗ Analyzes the skills and versatility today's library professionals need to survive and thrive ◗ Offers survival strategies tailored to librarians' particular context, including academic, public, and school libraries The Transformed Library is an institution that can be more vibrant and relevant than ever, and Woodward's book demonstrates how."

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Laura Panter
This professional resource focuses on how technology affects the relevancy of future libraries. As technology advances rapidly, libraries must continually integrate new technologies into their services, from social networking to e-books. The role of the new library is constantly evolving—procuring print materials is no longer the main reason for library usage. The library is currently viewed as mostly a community center for students and retired adults. In addition, library self-promotion through online resources is a necessary marketing tool. This, in turn, changes the role of professional staff, who are no longer just in charge of collection development but may also be required to handle facilities management, brainstorm ways to solidify community involvement, and update technology-based services. Woodward writes a scholarly text that reiterates all of the changes facing the library profession today. While much of the information skims the surface of the real issues at hand, Woodward makes a clear case that librarians need to adapt their services, whether in a public, academic, or school library, in order to stay relevant. Librarians who do not have a clear understanding of technology and how to utilize it will become obsolete. The book makes some very definitive points about the direction of the profession, but more examples of how libraries are meeting this challenge would have been advantageous to librarians unsure of how to gain more technological leverage. Reviewer: Laura Panter
Library Journal
Woodward (principal, Wind River Nonprofit & Library Consulting; Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology) argues in this short book that although futurists and prognosticators as a group make faulty assumptions when predicting the future, they do sometimes get things right. Are librarians and libraries facing oblivion as some prognosticators claim? Woodward outlines the technological forces that have coalesced to "threaten" the future of libraries including financial constraints, digital books, ebook-publisher approaches to libraries, outsourcing, downsizing library space, and librarians' reaction to perceived threats. The author offers "Survival Strategies" for academic, public, and school libraries. As the title suggests, many forces beyond librarians' control have already transformed the library. Evolution occurs in a changing environment (i.e., today's libraries) if an organism (i.e., a library) is able to adapt. Librarians and libraries have it in their DNA not only to survive and avoid extinction but also to thrive, says Woodward. In addition to endnotes, each chapter has references for further reading. VERDICT Recommended for library administrators in most public libraries.—Robert Battenfeld, B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Lib., Long Island Univ.—C.W. Post Campus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780838911648
Publisher:
ALA Editions
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
154
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

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