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Scientific Libraries : Past Developments and Future Changes - Dr. Tomas Lidman

Scientific Libraries

Past Developments and Future Changes

Paperback Published: 14th February 2008
ISBN: 9781843342687
Number Of Pages: 140

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Scientific libraries have undergone dramatic changes since the end of the 1960s. This book explains and characterises these changes and main trends, and describes their consequences for libraries. The book presents an overview and an analysis of long-term developments in the field. Professionals within library and information sciences, together with students, will find the book of interest, enabling them to understand the situation of the libraries today and also prepare them for decisions about the future.

  • Summarises the author's unique practical experiences from 35 years of work within the field of library and information sciences
  • Analyses main trends from a holistic and long-term perspective
  • Provides the reader with the tools when trying to plan for and predict the future

Industry Reviews

The reader could not have a safer pair of hands to lead libraries on that particular journey., LCR
It is refreshing to read a book with a distinctly European flavour and citing examples of European libraries and developments within the European library field., Library Management
I heartily recommend the book to my colleagues in libraries and in professional education. It is a thoughtful review of modern academic library development written from within, but with the very keen understanding of a knowledgeable outside observer., Information Research

List of illustrations
Introductionp. 1
Not like the old days - the dawning of a new era: the 1970sp. 5
A few reference points to begin withp. 5
One in a crowdp. 7
Who is the more suitable: the librarian or the documentalistp. 10
The dilemma of national library politicsp. 12
From cards to computers: the 1980sp. 17
A few points to begin withp. 17
User courses a la modep. 18
The obsolete internal organisationp. 20
The introduction of the integrated library systemp. 25
Reviewing educational measuresp. 28
An initial research connectionp. 31
The urgency of globalisationp. 34
A decade of optimism: 1990-2000p. 39
A few points to begin withp. 39
For whom are libraries built?p. 42
Flow control and planning - new ideas making inroadsp. 48
Measuring efficiency and resultsp. 53
What is the electronic library?p. 57
Publishing on the Webp. 60
How do we deal with publishing on the Web?p. 67
Intensifying international collaborationp. 71
Enough money?p. 76
Harvest time: 2000-2007p. 81
A few points to begin withp. 81
National coordination of what exactly?p. 84
National libraries seeking new rolesp. 88
Changes in information requirements for the industryp. 91
Values at stakep. 93
Educating the userp. 97
The challenges for libraries in the futurep. 101
A few points to begin withp. 101
Cooperation, integration and a focus on the usersp. 105
Concluding remarksp. 112
Bibliographyp. 115
Indexp. 121
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ISBN: 9781843342687
ISBN-10: 1843342685
Series: Chandos Information Professional
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 140
Published: 14th February 2008
Publisher: Woodhead Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 0.76
Weight (kg): 0.2