Matthew Conner has a PhD in American literature and an MLS in library science, both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is currently an instruction/reference librarian at the Peter J. Shields Library at the University of California, Davis, and President-Elect of the Librarians Association of the University of California (LAUC). As chair of the LAUC Professional Governance Committee, he recently led a systemwide study of the future of the University of California libraries, which forms the basis of this book. He is also pursuing research on information visualization and the pedagogy of keyword searching, which he has reported on at numerous conferences and in an article in Reference Services Review.
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- About the Author
- The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which has adapted amidst the forces of change to become one of the premier academic libraries in the nation
- The University of California at Merced, an institution which prioritizes collaboration and networking, offering a living, working example of the library of the future
- The University of Hawaii at Manoa, whose focused rebuilding after a disastrous flood in 2004 spurred a rethinking of priorities, showing how a library can thrive despite limited resources
- The University of California at Davis, a model of the public university system, with an agricultural legacy that makes it a paradigm of the land-grant university
"Given the morphing culture of higher education and changes in how we access information in the age of electronic access to resources, the question: ‘What is the future of the academic library?' is often posed. Conner (librarian, Univ. of California, Davis) examines that query here, but rather than providing a list of ways in which libraries need to change, the author approaches the subject by discussing trends in seven specific areas relevant to academic librarians: reference, personnel, technology, collections, buildings, campus roles, and library culture, in a chapter each … academic librarians interested in learning about trends in their profession will be engaged with Connor's essays."
— Library Journal
"Conner compares the library to a living organism seeking its way through its own environment ... Managers and leaders of academic libraries will gain insights into the way other libraries are responding to their own changing environments and will draw inspiration from their stories."
— Australian Library Journal
"Rather than offer a list of recommendations or identify best practices from these cases, Conner invites his readers to draw their own ideas and inspiration … most librarians and administrators will find it easy to read and applicable to their own circumstances."