1st Edition

The Internationalization of the Academic Library

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ISBN 9780367653170
November 19, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
242 Pages

USD $160.00

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Book Description

The Internationalization of the Academic Library presents a theoretically informed, empirically grounded analysis of the process of academic library internationalization.

Drawing on interviews with library personnel from around the world, Lombard analyzes internationalization at the departmental level of an academic library. Demonstrating that college and library personnel have positive intentions when it comes to internationalization, the research presented nevertheless reveals that there was little commitment to an intentional, holistic role in the libraries studied. Drawing on internationalization expertise and models of prominent scholars, the book argues that libraries need to be more deliberate in their internationalization efforts and collaborate with other college personnel and departments outside the library. Lombard asserts that internationalization can facilitate a better understanding of the potential for transformation of the library’s mission, vision, and policy.

This book cuts across the fields of library science and higher education administration, ensuring that the book will appeal to researchers and students working in these disciplines. Library professionals around the world will also find much to interest them within the book.

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

2 Why Internationalize?

3 Where Does Internationalization Occur?

4 Who Are the Stakeholders?

5 How to Accommodate Stakeholders

6 Conclusion



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Dr. Emmett Lombard is a higher education professional in the United States, and currently works at Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania. His duties include teaching, academic support, and faculty mentoring. His educational background is diverse: History (BA; Pembroke State University, 1994), Library Science (MSLS; Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 1995), English (MA; Gannon University, 2005), and Organizational Learning and Leadership (Ph.D.; Gannon University, 2020). This diverse education enables him to engage in interdisciplinary research, with primary focus on information literacy. He is also fascinated with internationalization and recognizes its relationship with information literacy and academic libraries. He takes education very seriously and considers it a privilege to share his research and insights with others.