CHICAGO — Some have viewed the ascendance of the digital library as some kind of existential apocalypse, nothing less than the beginning of the end for the traditional library. But Andrew Weiss, recognizing the concept of the library as a "big idea" that has been implemented in many ways over thousands of years, is not so gloomy.
CHICAGO — The traditional “top down” approach to collection development definitely has its drawbacks: even after spending a good deal of time, energy and resources, librarians are sometimes frustrated to find that their library’s collection is not being used as they anticipated. But there’s another strategy that’s gaining momentum.
CHICAGO — The last few years have proven beyond any doubt that libraries cannot afford to coast along with the status quo. Just as important as proposing and adding new services is the sometimes unpleasant process of critically examining existing realities and letting go of obsolete or less useful programs. But instead of panicking about budgetary and staffing challenges, libraries can choose a measured, proactive response.
CHICAGO — In “Copyright for Academic Librarians and Professionals,” published by ALA Editions, seasoned copyright expert Rebecca P. Butler turns her attention to the unique and complex environment of higher education. This practical guidebook will show readers how to make informed decisions regarding the use and availability of print, non-print and online resources.
CHICAGO — The daily administration of an academic library often leaves you needing quick advice on the topic at hand. Bryce Nelson, an experienced administrator writing from first-hand knowledge, delivers such advice in “The Academic Library Administrator's Field Guide,” published by ALA Editions. Each of its 30 topical chapters begins with an “Assertion,” a one-sentence summary allowing you to rapidly scan the book and find what you need.