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  • Table of Contents
  • About the authors
  • Reviews

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Ideal for practitioners looking to advance their careers and for use in LIS programs, this "comprehensive overview" (Journal of Access Services) has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a timely exploration of the characteristics of academic librarianship and its place in the ever-changing environment of higher education. Evans and new coauthor Greenwell guide readers towards understanding what is required to have a successful career in academic librarianship, explaining why academic libraries are distinct from other types of libraries and lending practical insight into their unique political and operational characteristics. The text offers comprehensive coverage of such key issues as

  • teaching faculty roles and the status of the academic librarian;
  • governance and the growing tension on some campuses between faculty and administration;
  • curriculum, with a discussion of the balance between general education requirements and applied courses;
  • the student body;
  • collections, data management, digitization, and metadata;
  • scholarly communication, plus alternative models such as open educational resources (OERs);
  • providing quality service, and the role of user experience (UX) in assessment;
  • ACRL's Information Literacy Framework;
  • funding, including how and where to find detailed higher education expenditure data;
  • classrooms, common learning spaces, and other facilities;
  • staffing and professional development;
  • technology and IT support;
  • career development, with advice on preparing a vita and undergoing a successful interview; and
  • the future of academic librarianship.

This updated edition enables readers to understand how academic libraries deliver information, offer services, and provide learning spaces in new ways to better meet the needs of today's students, faculty, and other communities of academic library users.

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Chapter 1    Context

  • Higher Education Variations
  • The Future of Higher Education and Its Libraries
    • Student Debt
    • Worth of a Degree
    • Immediacy versus Long-Term
    • Degrees versus Badges
    • Socioeconomic Gap among Students and Graduates
  • Funding Challenges, Doing More with Less, and Amenities
  • What Makes an Academic Library Academic?
  • Academic Library Challenges
  • Why Bother Studying the Subject if Everything Will Change?
  • References

Chapter 2    Higher Education’s Historic Legacy

  • Where It All Began
  • Italian Influence
  • French Influence
  • English Influence
  • German Influence
  • How the Transplants Took Root in the United States (1636–1770)
  • Post–War of Independence to 1865
  • 1860s to World War II
  • Wars and Higher Education
  • Retrenchment and Realignment (1960–1990)
  • 1990s to the Present
    • The Rise and Decline of For-Profit Education
    • New Emphasis on an Old Concept
  • References

Chapter 3    Faculty

  • Faculty Responsibilities
    • Service
    • Teaching
    • Research
  • The Ladder and Tenure
    • Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty
    • Climbing the Ladder
  • Diversity
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 4    Students

  • Student Thoughts on Higher Education
  • Recruitment and Admissions
  • Financial Aid
  • Retention
  • Student Services
  • Student Groups
  • Collegiate Sports
  • Graduation and Beyond
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 5    Curriculum

  • What Is General Education?
  • Debating the Curriculum
  • Modifying the Curriculum
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Education
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 6    Governance

  • Role of the State
  • Those Who Establish Guidelines
  • Those Who Administer
  • Those Who Do
  • Concluding Thoughts on Campus Governance
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 7    Funding

  • Higher Education Finances
  • Grants and Research
  • Endowments
  • The Budget Process
    • The Budget as a Control Device
    • The Budget Cycle
    • Budget Preparation
    • Presenting and Defending the Budget Request
  • Income Generation
  • Planning and Budgeting
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 8    Facilities

  • How Academic Libraries Differ from Other Campus Buildings
  • Planning for Renovations
  • Managing the Facility
    • Housekeeping Matters
    • Managing Risk and the Unexpected
  • Health, Safety, and Security
    • Crime
    • Disaster Management
  • Deferred Maintenance
  • Trends in Library Spaces
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 9    Technology

  • Academic Libraries and Information and Communication Technology
  • Long-Term Technology Planning
  • Controlling Technology Costs
  • Staff Training
  • Future Directions
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 10    The Academy, Accreditation, and Accountability

  • Accreditation
  • Information Literacy and Accreditation
  • Beyond Accreditation
    • Benchmarking
    • Quality Management
    • Six Sigma–Lean Six Sigma
    • Balanced Scorecard
    • Cost Analysis
    • Work Analysis
  • Library Value and User Studies
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 11    Collections

  • Past and Present Practice
  • Impact of World War II and Association of Research Libraries Cooperative Projects
  • Developing Academic Library Collections
    • Assessing Needs
    • Collection Policy
    • Selection Resources
    • Collection Balance
    • Collection Funding
    • Acquisition Procedures
    • Assessment
    • Remote Storage
    • Preservation Issues
  • Licensing Considerations
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 12    Services

  • Customer Service
  • Reference Services
  • Instructional Services
  • Circulation Services
    • Handling Confrontational Situations
    • Confidentiality
    • Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery
    • Reserve Services
  • Library Liaison Services
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 13    Staffing

  • Librarians
  • Support Staff
  • Other Full-Time Staff
  • Student Employees
  • The Staffing Process
    • Recruitment and Selection
    • Orientation
    • Retention
    • Training and Staff Development
  • Performance Appraisal
  • Key Points to Remember
  • References

Chapter 14    Career Development

  • From Student to Academic Librarian
    • Marketing Yourself with a CV and Cover Letter
    • The Search Committee
    • Selecting the Pool
    • The Interview
  • Adjusting to the Position
  • Starting Your Career Development Plan
    • Mentors
    • Self-Assessment of Knowledge and Skills
  • Changing Views of a Career
    • Career Breaks
    • Work-Life
  • Moving Forward
  • Key Points to Remember


  • About the Authors
  • About the Coauthor of the First Edition
  • About the Advisory Board
  • Index

G. Edward Evans

G. Edward Evans, PhD, is a semi-retired, award-winning author and Fulbright Scholar. He holds several graduate degrees in anthropology and library and information science (LIS). Throughout his career, he has been an administrator, researcher, teacher, and writer. As a researcher, he has published in both anthropology and librarianship. He held a Fulbright Fellowship in librarianship as well as a National Science Foundation Fellowship in archaeology. His teaching experience has also been in both fields in the United States and the Nordic countries. Of note, he completed the faculty ladder (assistant to full professor) while teaching at the Graduate School of Librarianship and Information Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Evans has extensive administrative experience in private academic libraries such as Harvard University and Loyola Marymount University. He retired from full-time work as associate academic vice president for libraries and information resources at Loyola Marymount University. Evans spends his semi-retirement years volunteering at the Museum of Northern Arizona, serving on the Foundation board for the Flagstaff City– Coconino County Library System, and doing professional writing.

Stacey Greenwell

Stacey Greenwell, EdD, has served the University of Kentucky Libraries since 2001 in several roles, including associate dean for academic affairs and research, head of the Information Commons, and head of Desktop Support. Recently she began working with the information literacy and assessment department to provide instructional design support, teach, and work on research projects. Dr. Greenwell is a Fellow of the Special Libraries Association and has held numerous leadership roles in the organization including chair of the Information Technology Division and founding chair of the Academic Division. She is a standing committee member for the Education and Training Section of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and is a standing member of the Programme Committee for the European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL). She is a frequent conference presenter and has taught an academic libraries course for the iSchools at Syracuse University and the University of Kentucky.

"In addition to looking at the important issues and challenges facing 21st-century academic libraries, the authors discuss changes these institutions can make in order to serve better their students, faculty, and library community. The chapters are comprehensive and well written ... VERDICT: A valuable resource for academic library and information professionals, educators, and students.”
— Library Journal

"The stated goal of this book is to be a guide to help librarians throughout their careers 'particularly in better understanding higher education institutions and how academic libraries support those institutions.' (p. xiv) The book achieves that goal with its wide range of topics, a clear writing style, and numerous references to other useful readings and websites, found throughout. Students and teachers of librarianship will find this book a useful overview of the field. ”

"Provides an intensive look at academic librarianship ... There is much helpful information in the text for future undergraduate students looking to understand the role of academic librarians or researching a possible future career as an academic librarian."