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The Academic Library


This authoritative and wide-ranging textbook provides a comprehensive overview of the changing functions of higher education libraries and the organizational cultures in which they operate. It offers an assessment of the impact of such changes on service delivery from both provider and user perspectives, and considers the future role of the academic library. The new edition has been completely updated, with a new chapter on performance measurement and more extensive coverage of: accessibility; information literacy; portals; digital libraries; copyright; institutional repositories; virtual and managed learning environments; and management of change. Written in a readable and accessible style, the book focuses on: • the library in the institution; • users of the academic library; • the impacts and opportunities of ICTs; • human resources; • management and organization of resources; • collection and access management; • the academic library building; • library systems and networks; • specialist services; • management and professional issues; • performance measurement. Readership: This textbook is an indispensable introduction to the range of issues facing academic libraries. Invaluable for new information professionals and for students on information and library studies courses, it also makes stimulating reading for education administrators and academic library managers in both higher and further education. While the book considers emerging scenarios in the United Kingdom in depth, it also draws examples from institutions elsewhere in the world, and is of broad international interest.
1. The higher education context 2. The history of higher education libraries 3. The library in the institution 4. Users of the academic library 5. The impacts and opportunities of information and communications technologies 6. Human resources 7. Resource management 8. Collection and access management and the organization of resources 9. The academic library building 10. Library systems 11. Services 12. Management 13. Performance measurement 14. Professional issues 15. The academic library of the future.

Peter Brophy BSc HonFCLIP FCLIP FRSA is Professor of Information Management in the Department of Information and Communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he is also Director of the Centre for Research in Library and Information Management (CERLIM).

"...should be on every student librarian's core reading list"

Information World Review

"This book will be useful for students or to those wishing to expand their career options. It will also be of benefit for those updating their knowledge when returning to an academic library environment."

Australian Library Journal

"An excellent book...Peter Brophy has achieved a worthy and useful summary of the academic library at the start of the new millennium."

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