Academic Librarianship

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Academic Librarianship Library Science
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This overview of academic librarianship is aimed at LIS students, academic librarians, and current and aspiring university leaders. After historical background, the book examines faculty, students, curriculum, and govnernance in higher education. A section on campus and library commonalities looks at issues such as funding, technology, and accreditation to understand how these issues affect each library and the library manager's role in dealing with them. The final section of the book describes current trends in academic library collections and services, Web 2.0, staffing, and the work environment. Interviews with academic library deans and directors shed light on career development and the future of academic libraries. The book's learning features include real-world case studies, chapter key points, reflection questions, and recommended books. A companion web site contains 21 essays on the future of academic librarianship. Alire teaches information science at Simmons College. Evans has written other books on library management. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Editorial Reviews

Often librarians spend too much time contemplating the detailed mechanisms of their own libraries and much less time considering the larger environment. Refreshingly, Alire (past president, American Library Association; Serving Latino Communities) and Evans (Developing Library and Information Center Collections), a semiretired academic librarian, do an excellent job of balancing an overview of the academic library's place within the university and higher education as a whole, while also examining the details of the library's inner workings. Though not a library-management manual, this is an excellent text—covering topics such as funding, facilities, staffing, services, and collections, as well as academic career development—for preparing librarians to take their places in academia, particularly as academic library directors. Each chapter is dense with information though very readable and ends with a list of additional readings termed a "Launching Pad." VERDICT Essential reading for academic librarians.—Margaret Sylvia, St. Mary's Univ. Lib., San Antonio, TX

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