Marie L. Radford is Chair of the Department of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University, New Jersey. She is an award-winning author whose books include Library Conversations: Reclaiming Interpersonal Communication Theory for Understanding Professional Encounters (with Gary Radford) and Research Methods in Library and Information Science, Sixth Edition (with Lynn S. Connaway). Radford gives frequent keynote speeches and presentations at national and international library conferences, and she has published extensively in prestigious LIS journals. She has presented numerous workshops and webinars on such topics as interpersonal communication in library contexts, service excellence, time management, managing change, conflict management, and positive approaches to problematic people. She is coprincipal investigator of the “Seeking Synchronicity” (with Lynn Silipigni Connaway) and “Cyber Synergy” (with Lynn Silipigni Connaway and Chirag Shah) grant projects funded by the IMLS, Rutgers University, and OCLC. She received the 2010 ALA/RUSA Mudge Award for distinguished contributions to reference service.
- About the Authors
Advances in information technology, networked systems, and especially the advent of the Web have driven a rapid and vast change in academic libraries. Almost every aspect of library work has been dramatically impacted by the Web which enabled greatly enhanced remote access to collections and services and has prompted innovations such as virtual reference, e-book and e-journal collection development, and digitized archives.
Academic Library Research: Perspectives and Current Trends updates traditional topics that have undergone exceptional, and in some cases, unexpected change since 1990 as well as reaching into new areas that have developed. It combines theoretical scholarship as well as research designed to inform practice, including case studies and user surveys. Part I highlights significant perspectives and trends in five chapters including reference service, information literacy, collection management, knowledge organization, and leadership. Part II features two chapters on recently developing evaluation methods including usability testing and measuring library service quality through LibQUAL+.
This book is designed to be useful to those interested in current trends in academic library research including scholars, practitioners, and students.