University libraries around the world have embraced the possibilities of the digital learning environment, facilitating its use and proactively seeking to develop the provision of electronic resources and services. The digital environment offers opportunities and challenges for librarians in all aspects of their work - in information literacy, virtual reference, institutional repositories, e-learning, managing digital resources and social media. The authors in this timely book are leading experts in the field of library and information management, and are at the forefront of change in their respective institutions. University Libraries and Digital Learning Environments will be invaluable for all those involved in managing libraries or learning services, whether acquiring electronic resources or developing and delivering services in digital environments.
'The reader is guided by an impressive group of experts through topics as wide ranging as staffing, space development, evaluation and the student voice - looking at each under the spotlight of the fast changing digital environment. With such a diverse range of authors it isn't surprising that views range from gradual evolution to the biggest revolution since the invention of the printing press - but there's something here for anyone interested in the future of university libraries,' Maxine Melling, Director of Library and Student Support, Liverpool John Moores University, UK '… the book is useful in affirming the skills of academic librarians and pointing to a wide range of development opportunities offered by advances in scholarly communication.' Library Review 'This is a good overview of recent digital developments and impacts upon libraries, tempered by a rapidly changing environment.' Australian Academic and Research Libraries 'I would recommend this book to be read by all academic librarians and in general library specialists.' Information Research
Contents: Editors' introduction; Here today and here tomorrow, Sue McKnight; It's all about social media, stupid!, Peter Godwin; Information literacy in the digital environment, Jacqui Weetman DaCosta; Professional education for a digital world, Sheila Corrall; The library chameleon: physical space, Liz Waller; Virtual advice services, Rachel Geeson; The reading e-volution, Jill Beard and Penny Dale; Institutional repositories - now and next, Alma Swan; Making the repository count: lessons from successful implementation, Matt Holland and Tim Denning; Building useful virtual research environments: the need for user-led design, Melissa Terras, Claire Warwick and Claire Ross; The HE in FE digital dilemma, Jane Russ; Online support offered to international students by UK university libraries - what are we doing and why are we doing it?, Frank Trew; Library performance measurement in the digital age, Angela Conyers and Philip Payne; Library resources: procurement, innovation and exploitation in a digital world, Emma Crowley and Chris Spencer; Continuing professional development and workplace learning, Sheila Corrall; Librarians as midwives of change in scholarly communication, David Ball; Index.