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Leveraging Library Resources in a World of Fiscal Restraint and Institutional Change

ISBN 9781138109247
Published May 24, 2017 by Routledge
176 Pages

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Book Description

Given the continuing cataclysmic shift in the economic landscape in the last few years, librarians have been forced to reevaluate not only the traditional services that they offer but also their continued existence and relevance to their academic institutions. Given the ‘new normal’ of tighter constraint on personnel and materials budgets, librarians now are compelled to find new ways of offering services and forging new relationships with departments and programs outside the traditional library setting.

This volume highlights a number of projects being implemented in academic libraries including: rethinking the entire concept of a library, redefining physical space for new collaborative uses, adapting entrepreneurial techniques to acquire funding, creating new research tools and improving services, forging new consortial partnerships, allying more closely the mission of the library with that of the institution, and adapting public library programs to academic libraries. By re-examining the purpose of an academic library under continuing financial duress, librarians can ensure that their libraries will continue to have relevance to higher education.

This book was published as a special issue of College & Undergraduate Libraries.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Kevin B. Gunn and Elizabeth D. Hammond  2. New Wine, New Wineskins  Joseph McDonald  3. Other People’s Money: Adapting Entrepreneurial Techniques to Build Capital in Challenging Economic Times  Robert Farrell  4. Library Staff Development: How Book Clubs Can Be More Effective (and Less Expensive) than Traditional Trainings  Sara D. Smith and Quinn Galbraith  5. The NYU Survey Service: Promoting Value in Undergraduate Education  Jason B. Phillips, Samantha A. Guss, and David M. McGarry  6. Engaging the Campus Community Through New Roles and New Relationships: The McMaster University Library Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  Jeff Trzeciak, John MacLachlan, and Noah Shenker  7. Cool Collaborations: Designing a Better Library Experience  Robert Fox, Cathy Carpenter, and Ameet Doshi  8. The Third Place: The Library as Collaborative and Community Space in a Time of Fiscal Restraint  Susan E. Montgomery and Jonathan Miller  9. Strategically Leveraging Learning Space to Create Partnership Opportunities  Tomalee Doan and Hal Kirkwood  10. Hitching Your Wagon to the Right Star: A Case Study in Collaboration  Lea Susan Engle  11. Delivering Information Literacy Instruction for a Joint International Program: An Innovative Collaboration Between Two Libraries  Jiselle Maria Alleyne and Denyse Rodrigues  12. Building a Shared Digital Collection: The Experience of the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium  Dora Wagner and Kent Gerber

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Kevin B. Gunn is Coordinator of Religious Studies and Humanities Services at The Catholic University of America Libraries in Washington, DC.

Elizabeth Dankert Hammond is Dean of University Libraries, Mercer University. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ms. Hammond joined Mercer in 1978. Her professional activities include service with ACRL and on the Boards of SOLINET and LYRASIS.