Coping with the future – a practical guide for academic librarians

Librarians “also need to more actively support resource creation,.” Lorcan Dempsey

This quotation is from one of the many forward looking essays in New roles for the road ahead: essays commissioned  for ACRL’s 75th anniversary*, and it is online for free !

So – Are you troubled with administrators wanting chunks of your library’s space? See Barbara Fister’s – Repositioning library space for ideas and arguments to put forward (p.43-45)

The essays are short and cover a variety of topics: – the current information background; the shifting roles of the library and librarians; and responding to opportunities. If that sounds dry and dull, I can assure you that the writing is clear and inspirational.

*by Stephen Bell, Lorcan Dempsey, and Barbara Fister; edited by Nancy Allen –

Thanks to the Association of College and Research Libraries

Jean Shaw, Phi


About jgreigshaw

I work with Partnerships in Health Information which promotes partnership between libraries in Africa and the UK with an emphasis in African leadership. I have visited Kenya, Mali, Uganda and Zambia though Phi has contacts in many more African countries.
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