By Nevenka Zdravkovska
Are educational department libraries going to be extinct within the close to destiny? In those tough financial occasions, while collections are digitized speedily, is there nonetheless a necessity for a separate unit inside of proximity to the dep., tuition, or collage with a subject-based or subject-specific assortment? educational department Libraries in altering instances provides a short old assessment of the function of a department educational library. It stories the present state of affairs from a practitioner’s viewpoint and indicates strategies for the future.
- Provides sensible and real looking ideas to educational libraries that they could execute of their day-by-day working cycle
- Covers quite a few matters from staffing and public providers, via to collections and bibliographic instruction
- Presents a transparent research of the present state of affairs and proposals for the future
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Maurer Library (University of Maryland) At the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP), an undertaking similar to CERES was implemented in 1999. With much publicity the Lucille Maurer Leadership Library was opened. Named after Lucille Maurer (1923–1996), a Maryland legislator whose expertise in public finance led her to the post of State Treasurer, the Library serves the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. The collection, which consisted mainly of 814 titles and 918 volumes (as of the 8–3–10 SCIMI report), almost all of them already available in the main campus library stacks (McKeldin Library), was cataloged and added to the UM Libraries catalog.
When summarizing the results this deficiency was acknowledged: ‘… some respondents noted that they had difficulty in deciding what information to report because the survey terminology for describing branches varies from local terms such as “departmental library” and “reading room”. ’ (SPEC Kit 99, 1) The oversight from 1983 was corrected in 1999 when ARL conducted another survey on branch academic libraries. In 1999 the following definition of a branch library was given: Typically distant from the main campus library, but within proximity to the department, school, or college that it serves.