- About the Author
Although the professional literature of librarianship still focuses primarily on the library as a place, discussions dealing with topics such as electronic technology and organizational change increasingly suggest changes in the very nature of the work that librarians do.
This book is intended as a benchmark for what it is like to work as an academic librarian in a U.S. research university in the mid-1990s. Through developing an understanding of the work of the particular academic librarians in this study—and the meaning their work has for them—one can better grasp many of the changes currently affecting both librarians and libraries.
By presenting the story of how 29 research university librarians see and respond to the challenges in their work environment, this book serves as a reference point against which to assess subsequent work-related changes that may occur in the academic library.