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Building a Scholarly Communication Center: Modeling the Rutgers Experience
Boyd Collins, et al.
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0765-8
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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272 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0765-8
Year Published: 1999
Academic libraries have to serve the needs of many constituencies in a number of very different settings, and over a wider range of services than ever before. In addition to on-site students and faculty, academic libraries also mustserve the information needs of communities, distance education students, and off-site faculty. Another unwritten mandate for academic libraries is to provide access to technology and information to those who do not have it. The academic library of the past, heavy on books and printed serials, must expand to include interlibrary networks and provide access to all types of electronic resources.

The scholarly communication center is a comprehensive, technologically rich facility that provides all users with access to technology, communications networks, information, and library materials, within and beyond the library walls. Through a combination of new technology, expanded communications networks, and revitalized facilities, the scholarly communication center serves the academic campus with consistent, high-quality access to research and the world beyond.

Building a Scholarly Communication Center is a unique guide based on the successful model for planning the scholarly communication center at Rutgers University. The planning process at Rutgers is used as the springboard to identify issues, potential problems, and solutions in planning and development. Success factors are examined along with potential obstructions. The book looks at:
  • facilities design;
  • funding;
  • technology considerations; and
  • the impact on research and instruction.
The authors pull no punches in describing both the hard knocks and the rewards in planning the academic library of tomorrow today. Their experience in both planning and using the scholarly communication center provides the unique perspective of those who have to live with their decisions afterward. Any academic librarian who wants to move their library into the twenty-first century will benefit from this planning guide.

1 Overview
2 Planning and Implementing
3 Budget and Fund-Raising
4 Teleconference Lecture Hall
5 The Information Handling Laboratory
6 Humanities and Social Sciences Data Center: Building A Laboratory for Virtual Future
7 Technology Checklist and Specifications
8 Day 1: Connecting to the Academic Community and Beyond
9 Implications of the SCC for Research and Instruction: Charting Unknown Territory
10 Closing One Chapter and Opening the Next

About the Author
Boyd R. Colllins is the information technology/reference librarian at the Alexander Library, Rutgers University. A frequent writer and speaker on Web-based information resources, Collins has published dozens of articles, particularly on Web site evaluation. He won the 1996 Cahners Editorial Medal of Excellence for the best regular column in its category for his WebWatch column in Library Journal. He is the founder of the Infofilter Project and a founding member of the ALA’s Committee on Networked Resource Reviewing.

Emily Fabiano is reference librarian/education specialist at Alexander Library, Rutgers University. She has substantive experience as an educator, public services librarian, and library manager. At the newly developed scholarly communication center, Fabiano will become the center’s first program coordinator, responsible for the development of outreach programs.

Linda Langschied is the team leader of the Scholarly Communication Center management team, and has been a reference, instruction, and electronic resources librarian at Rutgers University. A frequent speaker in professional conferences and workshops in the United States as well as abroad, she helps librarians in the planning processes needed for academic libraries to remain viable information providers in the twenty-first century.

Ryoko Toyama has been director of Alexander Library at Rutgers University since 1990. Prior to that, she had held middle management positions at Columbia University Libraries, worked on RLG’s CJK Enhancement as analyst, and had substantial experience in cataloging and bibliographic instruction at the University Oregon and the Library of Congress. She describes herself a goal-oriented facilitator/leader.

Myoung Chung Wilson is a collection development and information services librarian at Alexander Library, Rutgers University. She has held several managerial positions at Rutgers during her tenure there. As seen in her recent article, “Collection Development in an Interdisciplinary Context,” published in the Journal of Academic Librarianship (May 1996), her research deals with the issues of information access, user training, and collection development.
“...very much the practical how-to-do-it guide rather than a philosophical text. It will be a useful resource to librarians who need to plan minor renovations to improve user access to electronic resources or to those planning entirely new facilities. Since many practical suggestions and ideas are discussed which could help a librarian move an instruction program from lecture-based presentations to one based upon active learning, it should also prove beneficial to anyone involved in library instruction, whether or not they are designing a new facility. Recommended for those engaged in the above endeavors.”
—Technical Services Quarterly

“This is a timely publication on an important initiative, one designed to ensure that libraries can successfully navigate from the print to the digital age. Those academic libraries already travelling in this direction, or wishing to embark on the journey, will find it most useful.”
—Online Information Review

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