eBook The Patron-Driven Library, 1st Edition

  • Dee Ann Allison
  • Published By: Chandos Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 1780634021
  • ISBN-13: 9781780634029
  • DDC: 025.2
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 374 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released April 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Libraries in the USA and globally are undergoing quiet revolution. Libraries are moving away from a philosophy that is collection-centered to one focused on service. Technology is key to that change. The Patron Driven Library explores the way technology has moved the focus from library collections to services, placing the reader at the center of library activities. The book reveals the way library users are changing, and how social networking, web delivery of information, and the uncertain landscape of e-print has energized librarians to adopt technology to meet a different model of the library while preserving core values. Following an introduction, the first part begins with the historical milieu, and moves on to current challenges for financing and acquiring materials, and an exploration of why the millennial generation is transformational. The second part examines how changes in library practice can create a culture for imagining library services in an age of information overflow. The final chapter asks: Whither the library?

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Figures and Tables.
List of Abbreviations.
About the Author.
Introduction: Patron Centered Libraries.
1: Libraries and Library Users Changing with the Times.
2: From the White House Conferences and the Golden Age of Libraries to Challenges for Libraries in the Age of Digital Information.
3: A Culture of Technology.
4: The Rise of the Librarian: Service Over Collections.
5: A Focus on Readers.
6: Information Literacy and Social Networks.
7: Collaborative Collections.
8: The Librarian as Advocate.
9: Metrics for Decisions.
10: The Extensible Library.
11: Digital Collections.
12: Data Repositories, Open Source and the Library.
13: The New Professional Librarian.
14: Whither the Library?.