Envisioning Future Academic Library Services: Initiatives, Ideas and Challenges

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As a modern day librarian in a rapidly changing information environment, you must be able to adapt your professional skill set and experience to a multitude of new and varied practices, business models, and strategic challenges. Sue McKnight, this new collection will help you generate forward-looking strategies and innovative thinking so your institution’s services and practices will align with the changing demands of the academic community and the work environment. Renowned contributors offer compelling ideas from a number of perspectives, including those of authors, publishers, academics, librarians and institutions, and students.

They cover such crucial topics as:

• Engaging in and support eLearning
• Managing institutional knowledge and information strategically
• Supporting students and academic staff in the virtual learning space, the library and on the web
• Acquiring, managing, and providing access to information that is not part of traditional library service
• Funding and new service paradigms

This book is essential reading for all library leaders and educators who wish to add real value to their organization by thinking strategically and in ways that inform decision making at an operational level. It will also be of great value to academic administrators and government policy analysts involved with learning and teaching.

Foreword - Dame Lynne Brindley
Introduction: We create the future! - Sue McKnight 
1. Waiting for the barbarians: seeking solutions or awaiting answers? - Derek Law
2. The delete generation: how citizen-created content is transforming libraries - Penny Carnaby
3. Libraries as places: challenges for the future - Andrew McDonald
4. Web 2.0: redefining and extending the service commitment of the academic library - James G  Neal and Damon E Jaggars
5. Second Life and libraries: boom or bust? - P Charles Livermore
6. Some new business ideas in the HSS publishing space: what may librarians expect? - Frances Pinter
7. Loosely joined: the discovery and consumption of scholarly content in the digital era - Paul Coyne
8. Knowledge management, universities and libraries - Helen Hayes and Philip G Kent
9. Libraries and the management of research data - Martin Lewis
10. The leadership of the future - Liz Wright
11. Adding value to learning and teaching - Sue McKnight
12. In search of the road ahead: the future of academic libraries in China - Michael Robinson

 "The essays, written by distinguished librarians, publishers, and professors mostly from the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, with others from the United States and other international sites, are uniformly succinct, well written, and particularly well edited ... The volume promises much and delivers impressively."

--College and Research Libraries
"McKnight's collection is a concise and highly readable overview of many of the current digital trends." 
--Australian Academic and Research Libraries
"Social networking, online education, computer training, and more, Envisioning Future Academic Library Services is a complete and comprehensive discussion of the topic, enhanced by indexes, making it a core reference for any forward thinking librarian."
--Midwest Book Review
"Covering a broad range of topics, this edited volume will appeal to information professionals who are interested in the future direction, challenges and opportunities for library and information services in higher education."
--Times Higher Education
"Topics discussed include the growing importance of online social networking, opportunities to expand into realms of information not typically associated with libraries, and new models for leadership."
--Information Today