ACRL releases revision to classic guide to academic libraries

Contact: Hugh Thompson

Manager of Publication, ACRL

For Immediate Release

May 13, 2005

ACRL releases revision to classic guide to academic libraries

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is proud to announce the publication of “The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments Publications in Librarianship,” no. 56 by John M. Budd.

The new release, a revision of Budd's “The Academic Library: Its Context, Its Purpose, and Its Operation,” has been completely updated and revised to reflect the dynamic states of higher education and academic libraries. It presents a critical examination of major issues confronting colleges and universities and the unique challenges that their libraries face.

Current practice is reviewed, but it is examined in the broader context of educational needs, scholarly communication, politics and economics, technology, and the nature of complex organizations. The book may be used as a text in library and information science courses, as well as an introduction to library science for new professionals and academic administrators.

Ordering information can be found on the ACRL Web site, (Click on Publications / Books & Monographs / Publications in Librarianship). ACRL members receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase.

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, represents 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.