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Academic libraries in the information society

Corrall, Sheila (1995) Academic libraries in the information society. New Library World, 96 (3). 35 - 42. ISSN 0307-4803

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The way that higher education library services are viewed, planned and managed must change radically if they are to survive and thrive in the future. Advances in technology, economic and political pressures, and socio‐demographic factors have combined to create an environment posing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. The Joint Funding Councils′ Libraries Review has highlighted the need for stronger management and more confident involvement in institutional planning and organizational change. Electronic communication will transform service provision, with significant shifts towards distributed networked services, empowering the end‐user and offering new roles and responsibilities to information intermediaries. Effective communication between library, computing and academic staff will be essential to ensure relevant and responsive services. New resource models will be required to take account of diverse customer needs and different modes of delivery. Organizational structures and management styles must change to meet future needs and human resource development must be given higher priority. Bold leadership will enable libraries to enhance their strategic role and respond positively to environmental change.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Date: 1995
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: New Library World
Volume: 96
Number: 3
Publisher: Emerald
Page Range: 35 - 42
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1108/03074809
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Higher, education, Human, resource, management, Information, technology, Libraries, Library, services, Manpower, planning, Organizational, change, Resources, Strategic, management, Technological, change
ISSN: 0307-4803
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Article Type: Research Article
Additional Information: Journal issue originally numbered as Vol. 93, No. 1120.
Date Deposited: 13 May 2015 19:13
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:00


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