The Transformed Library: E-books, Expertise, and Evolution

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This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions' strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades. A respected veteran of libraries who has witnessed first-hand the many changes in the library world, Woodward provides a balanced, realistic look at the situation confronting both libraries and information professionals. In an assessment that proves both provocative and stimulating, she

  • Examines the key technological and economic developments that have already had an impact on librarianship, and offers a frank evaluation of the roles libraries must fill today and in the future
  • Sums up the trends in library management of e-books and other electronic media, in the process showing how libraries can enlarge their function as community hubs through digital innovation
  • Analyzes the skills and versatility today's library professionals need to survive and thrive, presenting career advice for staying current in the field's changed professional environment
  • Offers survival strategies tailored to librarians' particular contexts, including academic, public, and school libraries

The Transformed Library is an institution that can be more vibrant and relevant than ever, and Woodward's book demonstrates how.

Chapter 1:  Gutenberg Meets Kindle: The Arrival of Digital Books
Chapter 2 Libraries vs. E-Publishers: The Search for Common Ground
Chapter 3 The Age of High Anxiety: Threats That Fuel Library Nightmares 
Chapter 4 The Library in Cyberspace
Chapter 5:  Will the Coffee Shop Save Us? The Library as Place
Chapter 6 Library Careers That Won't Go Away
Chapter 7 Survival Strategies for Public Libraries
Chapter 8 Survival Strategies for Academic Libraries
Chapter 9 Survival Strategies for School Libraries

Jeannette Woodward

Jeannette Woodward is a principal of Wind River Library and Nonprofit Consulting. After a career in academic library administration, she began a second career in public libraries, serving as director of the Fremont County Library System in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming. Woodward is the author of several books, including What Every Librarian Should Know about Electronic Privacy (2007), Nonprofit Essentials: Managing Technology (2006), Creating the Customer-Driven Library: Building on the Bookstore Model (2005), and Countdown to a New Library: Managing the Building Project (2000). She holds a master's degree in library and information science from Rutgers University, with doctoral study at the University of Texas at Austin.

"A timely and accurate assessment of the state of libraries in today's world relative to technology and economy. Woodward offers insightful advice to librarians on how to survive and thrive during these times of rapid technological transformation and dramatic budget cuts ... In the introduction Woodward states that she is writing for other librarians. However, I would highly recommend this read to first-year library science (LIS) students as her book provides an excellent overview and summary of where libraries have been, their current state of affairs, and their future outlook."
--Library Resources & Technical Services

"Valuable in providing one prominent librarian's snapshot of the current state of the profession, which includes public, academic, and school librarianship … a worthwhile and timely read for those interested in taking the current pulse of the library world."
--College & Research Libraries

"Offers readers a frank and honest examination of the current state of librarianship and the professionals that work in the field."
--Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries