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Bodleianalia - Curious Facts about Britain's Oldest University Library (Hardcover): Claire Cock-Starkey, Violet Moller Bodleianalia - Curious Facts about Britain's Oldest University Library (Hardcover)
Claire Cock-Starkey, Violet Moller
R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Which is the smallest book in the Bodleian Library? Who complained when their secret pen name was revealed in the library's catalogue? How many miles of shelving are there in the Book Storage Facility? What is the story behind the library's refusal to lend a book to King Charles I? And, what is fasciculing? The answers to these questions and many more can be found inside this intriguing miscellaneous collection of curious facts and stories about the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Home to more than 12 million books and a vast array of treasures including the Gutenberg bible, J.R.R. Tolkien's hand-painted watercolours for 'The Hobbit', Shakespeare's First Folio and four thirteenth-century copies of Magna Carta, the Bodleian Library is one of the most magnificent libraries in the world with a fascinating history. 'Bodleianalia' delights in uncovering some of the lesser known facts about Britain's oldest university library. Through a combination of lists, statistics, and bitesize nuggets of information, it reveals many of the quirks of fate, eccentric characters, and remarkable events which have contributed to the making of this renowned institution. The perfect book for trivia-lovers and bibliophiles, it also offers readers a behind-the-scenes peek into the complex workings of a modern, world-class library in the twenty-first century.

New Bodleian - Making the Weston Library (Paperback): The Bodleian Library New Bodleian - Making the Weston Library (Paperback)
The Bodleian Library
R786 Discovery Miles 7 860 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In 1934 Sir Giles Gilbert Scott began work on designs for a substantial new library building opposite the Old Bodleian Library site in Broad Street, Oxford in order to provide much-needed space for the growing numbers of books housed in the library and the number of readers using them. Opened in 1946 (having been delayed by the Second World War), for seventy years the New Bodleian served the academic community and readers visiting Oxford, housing 3.5 million items. Scott's innovative designs meant that the New Bodleian became a Grade II-listed building in 2003. In 2009, thanks to a generous bequest from the Garfield Weston Foundation, plans got underway for a complete refurbishment of the building to meet the needs of twenty-first-century research and the Bodleian's expanding collections. The architects Wilkinson Eyre were appointed to develop the project adapting the Grade II listed building for its new use as a special collections library while keeping the facade intact. Their brief was to redesign reading rooms for the consultation of rare books, manuscripts, archives, music and maps, provide new research facilities (including support for digital scholarship), new teaching facilities, improved conservation laboratories, state-of-the-art storage for Bodleian Libraries' valuable special collections and enhanced public access through a new entrance hall and exhibition space. This book tells the story of how the vision for the Weston Library was realized. Like the project itself, it represents a collaboration between clients and consultants as they place the project in context, describing in detail the many architectural, academic, curatorial and heritage issues addressed throughout the process, and the challenges of meeting the needs of an internationally renowned, four-hundred-year-old institution in the twenty-first century.

Riches of the Rylands - The Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library (Hardcover): Jan Wilkinson Riches of the Rylands - The Special Collections of the University of Manchester Library (Hardcover)
Jan Wilkinson
R698 R657 Discovery Miles 6 570 Save R41 (6%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Riches of the Rylands explores and celebrates the outstanding Special Collections of The University of Manchester Library. These collections of rare books, manuscripts, archives, maps and visual materials are extraordinarily rich and diverse. They span 5,000 years and six continents, and include almost every format ever used for written communication. Many derive from the superlative collections purchased by Enriqueta Rylands for the magnificent library she founded as a memorial to her husband John. The book features over 150 key items from across the collections. Thirteen thematic chapters contain short essays on individual items by over sixty contributors - curators and experts in particular fields. Every item is beautifully illustrated in full colour and an extended introduction charts the history and context of the collections. Riches of the Rylands will appeal to a broad readership - lovers of books and libraries, and anyone interested in literature, art, history, the history of ideas and collecting. -- .

The Library Book (Paperback, Main): Susan Orlean The Library Book (Paperback, Main)
Susan Orlean 1
R285 R225 Discovery Miles 2 250 Save R60 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

A New York Times Book of the Year, 2018 A REESE WITHERSPOON x HELLO SUNSHINE BOOK CLUB PICK A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution - our libraries. After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why? With her characteristic humour, insight and compassion, Orlean uses this terrible event as a lens through which to tell the story of all libraries - their history, their meaning and their uncertain future as they adapt and redefine themselves in a digital world. Filled with heart, passion and extraordinary characters, The Library Book discusses the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives.

Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries - Issues and Solutions (Paperback): Elizabeth Connor Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries - Issues and Solutions (Paperback)
Elizabeth Connor
R1,015 Discovery Miles 10 150 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Give your patrons access to the digital content they need Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries is an essential guide to the challenges of acquiring, licensing, and managing the electronic access and use of books and journals. Medical librarians working in a variety of settings, including academic health centers, hospital libraries, and government health associations, provide entry-level, mid-career, and experienced librarians with comprehensive information and advice on dealing with electronic resources. This invaluable resource examines a wide range of issues, including collection development, pricing, open access, licensing, remote access, statistics, publisher liability, and the Semantic Web. As healthcare professionals, researchers, educators, and students rely more and more on digital content, medical libraries spend more and more time dealing with the complexities surrounding the use of e-resources. Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries examines the issues they face everyday, including the shift from print to electronic materials, off-campus and cross-campus access, usage statistics, journal pricing, open-access publishing, licensing, collection development, and much more. Topics addressed in Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries include: how to negotiate consortial packages how to use an electronic resource management (ERM) system how to create a portal to share electronic resources how to consolidate costs and provide wide access how open access affects pricing how to establish and maintain access to licensed e-resources how to develop a combined e-journal Web page how off-campus students interact with a full-service document delivery option for electronic journals how to integrate e-resources into an online catalog how to apply emerging Semantic Web technologies to digital libraries and much more Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries is an invaluable professional guide for medical and academic librarians, and a helpful classroom resource for faculty and students in library schools.

Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer - Content and Context in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System (Paperback): Joan... Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer - Content and Context in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System (Paperback)
Joan S. Mitchell, Diane Vizine-Goetz
R1,005 Discovery Miles 10 050 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Can the Dewey Decimal System meet the needs of the rapidly changing information environment? Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer explores the Dewey Decimal System from a variety of perspectives, each of which peels away a bit of the "presentation layer" the familiar linear notational sequence-to reveal the content and context offered by the DDS. Library professionals from around the word examine how the content and context offered by the DDS can evolve to meet the needs of the changing information environment, with a special focus on the impact of the Internet on current and future developments. Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer examines whether the Dewey Decimal System is a rigid structure best suited to a physical information environment or a polymorphic one that can be adapted to meet a variety of physical and virtual needs. This unique book reviews the 40-year history of the online use of classification systems, the development of the Relative Index over 22 editions of the DDC, recommendations to ensure the viability of the DDC in a time of mass digitization, using DDS in an environment where it hasn't been used before, teaching the DDS, special issues related to the use of the DDS in Europe, North America, and Africa, and the future of online classification. Topics examined in Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer include: using the DDC as the browsing mechanism for resource discovery classification as an online cataloging tool classification as an online end-user tool browser behavior in a DDC-based Web service the role of the DDS in the ongoing HILT (High-Level Thesaurus) project using the DDS to organize Web resources localization and interoperability in knowledge organization mapping terminologies to classification systems the DeweyBrowser and much more Moving Beyond the Presentation Layer is an essential professional resource for librarians, information scientists, computer scientists, and metadata and Web services specialists.

Reference Assessment and Evaluation (Paperback): Tom Diamond, Mark Sanders Reference Assessment and Evaluation (Paperback)
Tom Diamond, Mark Sanders
R548 R425 Discovery Miles 4 250 Save R123 (22%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Learn effective ways to assess and evaluate reference services in YOUR library Innovation and the constant evolution of technology continually spur academic librarians to find superior ways to deliver high quality reference service to students, faculty, and researchers. Reference Assessment and Evaluation offers librarians and administrators a plethora of fresh ideas and methods to effectively assess and evaluate reference service in any academic library. Leading experts share their own best practices in delivering digital reference, training staff and student workers, and providing instruction through case studies from academic libraries of all sizes. Because of fiscal pressures, the need to attract the best and brightest students and faculty to the academy, and increased competition from Internet search engines, the evaluation and assessment of reference service remains one of the most important challenges for academic libraries. Reference Assessment and Evaluation provides practical tips and clear examples on assessing and evaluating several diverse aspects of reference services. This book discusses in detail case studies from various colleges and universities on wide-ranging issues such as virtual reference evaluation, merging reference desks, peer evaluations, library instruction, and staff development. Academic libraries of all types will find opportunities to modify these innovative ideas to remain at the forefront of reference service. Topics in Reference Assessment and Evaluation include: a case study of the library at the University of Colorado at Boulder's efforts to implement a drop-in research consultation program for students enrolled in the introductory writing course coordination of an annual professional development program for specialized instruction targeted at faculty and staff members at Colorado State University peer observation between the reference staff members of Augustana College Library and St. Ambrose University Library the merging of San Jose State University's government publication desk with the reference services desk along with the public library's reference desk Valparaiso University's main library's training and use of student assistants analyzing user and librarian satisfaction within virtual reference transactions evaluation of the University of South Alabama's Baugh Biomedical Library's chat reference service evaluation of the University of Texas at Arlington's virtual reference service library technology's impact on reference desk statistics statistical analysis of reference desk data for staffing needs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Reference Assessment and Evaluation is timely, important reading for academic references librarians and supervisors.

New Directions in Reference (Paperback, annotated edition): Bryon D. Anderson New Directions in Reference (Paperback, annotated edition)
Bryon D. Anderson
R1,021 Discovery Miles 10 210 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Design and deliver traditional reference services in new and innovative ways Librarians work in an environment of constant change created by new technology, budget restraints, inflationary costs, and rising user expectations. New Directions in Reference examines how they can use new and innovative methods to design and deliver traditional reference services in a wide range of settings. The book's contributors relate first-hand experiences in libraries large and small, public and academic, and urban and rural dealing with a variety of changes, including virtual reference, music reference, self-service interlibrary loan, e-mail reference, and copyright law. Change isn't new to libraries but the accelerated pace of change is. Traditional lines that have existed between library departments have been erased and traditional notions about general and specialized reference services have been reconsidered. New Directions in Reference documents how librarians are re-thinking their roles and responsibilities to keep pace with the ongoing process of evolution that borders on revolution. New Directions in Reference examines: the skills needed to manage and evaluate virtual reference services the basics of modern copyright law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) the changes in users, sources, and modes of access in music reference services the use of interlibrary loan management software that allows patrons to request, track, and renew borrowed materials online the "Ask-A-Librarian" e-mail reference service the Government Printing Office and government information online and much more! New Directions in Reference also includes case studies involving the new Martin Luther King Jr. Library in San Jose, California, and the impact of Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) in providing references services for medical libraries. This important book is an essential professional resource for public, academic, and special librarians, especially those providing reference services.

Library/Vendor Relationships (Paperback): Sam Brooks, David H Carlson Library/Vendor Relationships (Paperback)
Sam Brooks, David H Carlson
R907 Discovery Miles 9 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A view of the mutual dependence between libraries and vendors As technology advances, libraries are forced to reach beyond their own resources to find effective ways to maintain accuracy and superior service levels. Vendors provide databases and integrated library systems that perform those functions for profit. Library/Vendor Relationships examines the increasing cooperation in which libraries find they must participate in, and vice versa, with the vendors that provide system infrastructure and software. Expert contributors provide insights from all sides of this unique collaboration, offering cogent perspectives on the give and take process that every librarian, publisher, and database provider/producer can use. The symbiosis between libraries and vendors of databases relies heavily upon open communication to achieve each one's beneficial results. Library/Vendor Relationships explores this partnership between profit and nonprofit entities in detail, focusing on issues of crucial importance for both sides. A variety of diverse types of libraries and vendors give voice to the multitude of issues facing them. Several charts, graphs, and other helpful visuals are included. Topics in Library/Vendor Relationships include: options for preventing systematic downloading of material benefits and challenges of delivering products on multiple platforms using the American Psychological Association's experiences as a case study book vendors' efforts to help libraries become more efficient comprehensive online support services to help increase interaction between libraries and academic publishers Anatolian University Libraries Consortium's effective relationship with vendors publisher and vendor use of library advisory boards to provide needed feedback a review of the database marketplace fostering a good relationship between library and vendor the future of government libraries in an increasingly technological age collaboration in standards development integrated ecommerce the relationship between OCLC and member institutions libraries' position between commerce and science vendor/community college library relationships e-mail discussion lists and more! Library/Vendor Relationships is stimulating, insightful reading for academic librarians, government librarians, public librarians, deans, directors, reference librarians, publishers, and database providers.

Portals and Libraries (Paperback): Sarah C. Michalak Portals and Libraries (Paperback)
Sarah C. Michalak
R907 Discovery Miles 9 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Cutting-edge information about providing access to research library users The ultimate goal of librarians is to provide comprehensive informational access to library users. Portals and Libraries provides an in-depth look at various libraries' challenges and the cutting-edge technology used in providing high-quality electronic access to users through portal systems. Respected authorities detail efforts to build a new kind of search and retrieval system that includes access to the Web as well as other vital collections and academic resources. The book discusses the implementation of access systems and their supporting technology, and spotlights strategies designed to encourage quality system-user feedback, increase the cooperation and diligence of staff, and more. Portals and Libraries comprehensively reviews library portals from their roots to their current state, with a look at assorted products, their implementation issues, and each one's advantages and shortcomings. The overall state of the portal system today as well as where it is heading in the future is examined in detail. The book also provides the ARL Scholars Portal Working Group Final Report from May 2002 summarizing the group's work from its inception, and includes their recommendations of key portal features and needed functions. The text includes helpful screenshots, useful descriptive figures, and extensive references. Portals and Libraries discusses: the history of library portals the MyLibrary@NCState Web portal after five years of use "Portals to the World" Library of Congress guide to Web resources the role integrated library systems will play in the future of portals features and services to be added to library portals for greater success portal technologies their structures and functioning planning portal implementation online catalogs usability testing and interface design nine key issues that will impact the future of portal development Portals and Libraries is crucial reading for library educators and students, college and research librarians in reference, library system professionals, and technical services professionals focused on applying cutting-edge technology to library services.

Libraries Beyond Their Institutions - Partnerships That Work (Paperback): Rita Pellen, William Miller Libraries Beyond Their Institutions - Partnerships That Work (Paperback)
Rita Pellen, William Miller
R957 Discovery Miles 9 570 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Discover collaborative possibilities for your library beyond mere memberships in bibliographic utilities Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work illustrates the remarkable range of cooperative activities in which libraries are engaged in order to provide the best possible service. Increasingly, librarians recognize the need to link their institutions to the world around them as part of their obligation to enhance the integration of digital information, not only for students in academic settings, but also throughout all levels of society. An excellent companion and complement to Libraries Within Their Institutions: Creative Collaborations (Haworth) from the same editors, this unique book examines the variety of ways librarians work with community organizations, government agencies, professional organizations, minority communities, and city governments in their efforts to serve not just students in academic settings, but all of society. Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work reflects the growing understanding of the key role played by libraries in the development of civil society. This unique book examines the variety of possibilities for collaborations outside institutions, including the ways librarians function in a variety of other campus settings, such as writing centers, teaching excellence centers, and academic departments in support of teaching, learning, and research; partnerships with graduate school, and information resources management to preserve theses and dissertations electronically; promoting civic partnerships; initiating a campus-wide information literacy resource; and partnering with government agencies to form a data literacy program. Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work provides practical information on: collaborative training programs to develop baseline competencies in academic libraries to support data services the Chicano/Latino Network and the Community Digital Initiative developing an international presence through digital resource sharing successful models of statewide library consortia technology-based partnerships promoting K-20 information literacy collaborations between the United States Patent and Trademark Office and patent and trademark depository libraries (PTDL) the development of AgEcon Search, an alternative method of delivering research results Libraries Beyond Their Institutions: Partnerships That Work is an invaluable resource for librarians working in academic, school, special, and public settings, and for library science faculty and students.

The Directory of University Libraries in Europe 2004 (Hardcover, 2nd New edition): Europa Publications The Directory of University Libraries in Europe 2004 (Hardcover, 2nd New edition)
Europa Publications; Edited by iss Fatih
R7,275 R2,418 Discovery Miles 24 180 Save R4,857 (67%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This second edition of The Directory of University Libraries in Europe provides extensive details of the central and other major libraries of European universities and, where appropriate, includes the libraries of attached institutes and research centres. Meticulously researched and revised, this title provides the most up-to-date information available and, to ensure accuracy and reliability, information is provided by the libraries and institutions concerned. Key Features: * Covers libraries throughout Europe, arranged alphabetically by country * Entries list full contact details, including email and internet addresses, and names of chief librarians and other relevant staff * Other invaluable information includes: areas of specialization, opening hours, entitlement to use the library, the size and composition of library holdings, online subscriptions and details of libraries' own publications * Fully indexed for ease of use.

Patent and Trademark Information - Uses and Perspectives (Hardcover): Virginia Ann Baldwin Patent and Trademark Information - Uses and Perspectives (Hardcover)
Virginia Ann Baldwin
R2,948 Discovery Miles 29 480 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Discover new techniques for researching patents and trademarks! Patent and Trademark Information: Uses and Perspectives addresses an essential yet undervalued and often underused class of scientific and technical information. Library staff, information specialists, corporation heads and administrators, inventors, school faculty, scientists, engineers, and engineering, science and library students will gain valuable insight on historical research, practical applications, and the availability and accessibility of patenting authorities. This book focuses on methods for searching international patents and trademark information for patrons of the library using the Internet, databases, and other sources. This book contains tips and nuts-and-bolts advice from experienced librarians who either practice in patent and trademark depository libraries or are experts in researching patents for library patrons. Their advice will help you navigate decision points and search paths for locating patent and trademark information from state, federal, and international sources. Special features include tables and figures, as well as bibliographies that provide extensive resources for locating additional information. The first half of the book is dedicated to issues involving patents, including: disseminating enemy technical information during World War II basic novelty patent searching in seven steps using patent information for historical genealogical research esp@cenet (R) Europe's network of patent databases regional patent systems a challenge for the international searcher patent data for technology assessment applications, patent databases, and retrieval methods The second half of Patent and Trademark Information guides you in searching out trademarks, company and owner names, and databases. An entire chapter is dedicated to searching for trademark and/or company names for each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Another chapter investigates five free international Web-based patent sites.

Patent and Trademark Information - Uses and Perspectives (Paperback): Virginia Ann Baldwin Patent and Trademark Information - Uses and Perspectives (Paperback)
Virginia Ann Baldwin
R1,192 Discovery Miles 11 920 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Discover new techniques for researching patents and trademarks! Patent and Trademark Information: Uses and Perspectives addresses an essential yet undervalued and often underused class of scientific and technical information. Library staff, information specialists, corporation heads and administrators, inventors, school faculty, scientists, engineers, and engineering, science and library students will gain valuable insight on historical research, practical applications, and the availability and accessibility of patenting authorities. This book focuses on methods for searching international patents and trademark information for patrons of the library using the Internet, databases, and other sources. This book contains tips and nuts-and-bolts advice from experienced librarians who either practice in patent and trademark depository libraries or are experts in researching patents for library patrons. Their advice will help you navigate decision points and search paths for locating patent and trademark information from state, federal, and international sources. Special features include tables and figures, as well as bibliographies that provide extensive resources for locating additional information. The first half of the book is dedicated to issues involving patents, including: disseminating enemy technical information during World War II basic novelty patent searching in seven steps using patent information for historical genealogical research esp@cenet (R) Europe's network of patent databases regional patent systems a challenge for the international searcher patent data for technology assessment applications, patent databases, and retrieval methods The second half of Patent and Trademark Information guides you in searching out trademarks, company and owner names, and databases. An entire chapter is dedicated to searching for trademark and/or company names for each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Another chapter investigates five free international Web-based patent sites.

Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education (Paperback): Wei Wei Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education (Paperback)
Wei Wei
R1,096 Discovery Miles 10 960 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Stay on top with the latest developments in scientific and technical journal publications! In Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education, experts in the academic community propose cost-effective alternatives to commercial publications in the face of increased journal prices and reduced budgets. This book discusses recent technological innovations that can maintain the needs of researchers who need to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology as well as scholars who must be published and peer-reviewed in order to achieve tenure and promotion. This text also examines the latest developments in information retrieval that will effectively cut time and costs for academic researchers in the library. Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education focuses on the need for the academic community to accept new, economical methods of producing and making available publications such as peer reviews, research papers, letters, technical and experiment reports, preprints, and conference papers. This volume also emphasizes that scientists and engineers whether graduate students or professionals must have access to the latest relevant research in their fields and rely on libraries to provide it. Several chapters in this book examine the problem areas of information technology that will need to be fixed, such as bottlenecks to the flow of information, difficulties using information retrieval systems, and the challenges with archiving electronic journals. Using research and case studies, this book offers strategies for obtaining benefits such as: more efficient and inexpensive ways to access and navigate information more cost-effective means of authentication and quality control new initiative programs in electronic theses and dissertations to assist graduate students increased dissemination and access for conference papers at significantly less cost alternative and more effective approaches for solving underlying problems within the scholarly communication circuit of scientists activities for librarians to help expand utilization of digital technologies at the local level accurate and reliable retrieval of citation data from online sources Using Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education, you can play an important role in improving the means and methods in this area of academics. This important guide will help librarians, science and engineering faculty and students, researchers, and publishers maintain funding, improve efficiency, and offer new methods for scientific studies.

Medical Records for the South Wales Coalfield C. 1890-1948 - An Annotated Guide to the South Wales Coalfield Collection... Medical Records for the South Wales Coalfield C. 1890-1948 - An Annotated Guide to the South Wales Coalfield Collection (Hardcover, New)
Anne Borsay, Sarah Brady
R363 Discovery Miles 3 630 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"The South Wales Coalfield Collection" (SWCC) is one of the largest archives of its kind in the UK and of international importance. This unique asset, however, has been under-used as a tool for medical history because, although the Collection has been catalogued, medical records are often 'hidden' and difficult to locate. "Medical Records for the South Wales Coalfield" is designed to make items of medical significance more accessible. Based on a screening of the Collection funded by a Welcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History Award, the volume will be a popular with academic researchers seeking to define viable projects and focus their efforts more effectively; teachers and lecturers wishing to put the SWCC to educational use and members of the general public interested in the medical and healthcare heritage of the Coalfield.

The Directory of University Libraries in Europe (Hardcover): Europa Publications The Directory of University Libraries in Europe (Hardcover)
Europa Publications
R7,930 Discovery Miles 79 300 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

An essential one-volume guide to university libraries in Europe. * Provides extensive details of the central and other major libraries of European universities and, where appropriate, includes the libraries of attached institutes and research centres * Meticulously researched to provide the most up-to-date information * To ensure accuracy and reliability, information is provided by the libraries and institutions concerned * Contains almost 4,000 entries * Covers the libraries of some 800 universities, arranged alphabetically by country * Entries list full contact details, including e-mail and internet addresses, and names of chief librarians and other relevant staff * Other invaluable information includes: areas of specialization, opening hours, entitlement to use the library, the size and composition of library holdings, on-line subscriptions and details of libraries' own publications * Fully indexed for easy location of universities and their libraries.

From Past-Present to Future-Perfect - A Tribute to Charles A. Bunge and the Challenges of Contemporary Reference Service... From Past-Present to Future-Perfect - A Tribute to Charles A. Bunge and the Challenges of Contemporary Reference Service (Hardcover)
Linda S. Katz
R2,954 Discovery Miles 29 540 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Explore a compilation of reference service works by Charles A. Bunge, a leader in the field!This informative and delightful book highlights the contributions of Charles A. Bunge to the literature on reference service. From Past-Present to Future-Perfect: A Tribute to Charles A. Bunge and the Challenges of Contemporary Reference Service offers reference librarian professionals the reprints of selected articles by Charles Bunge, bibliographies of his published work, and original articles that draw on Bunge's values and ideas in assessing the present and shaping the future of reference service. Through this guide, you will explore four categories of Bunge's work, which include measuring the effectiveness of reference service, the reference environment, reference sources, and reflecting on the past and future of reference work. This important book will assist you in creating and maintaining an effective and ethical reference service that will help patrons find the materials they need. With From Past-Present to Future-Perfect, you will gain access to some of Bunge's most important articles on the reference environment. Some of the helpful reference service information you will examine includes: ways of putting joy back into reference work to counteract the situation of low morale among practicing reference librarians discussions on the challenge of continual learning for reference librarians and strategies for updating knowledge and skills understanding and organizational strategies for handling stress in the library workplace exploring the realm of an ethical reference practice and how a reference librarian should act or behave in providing reference services peer coaching programs for reference librarians to assist the learning and sharing of knowledge among colleagues organizing electronic reference sources assisting patrons with their reference questions using technology in the reference environmentThorough and comprehensive, this excellent resource explores the changes that have occurred in reference and information resources, and techniques for setting goals and objectives for your reference department. From Past-Present to Future-Perfect looks at the exciting and challenging world of reference librarianship and gives you valuable insights and ideas on how to improve and update your reference department.

Technical Services Management, 1965-1990 - A Quarter Century of Change and a Look to the Future (Hardcover): Ruth C. Carter,... Technical Services Management, 1965-1990 - A Quarter Century of Change and a Look to the Future (Hardcover)
Ruth C. Carter, Linda C. Smith
R1,101 R932 Discovery Miles 9 320 Save R169 (15%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Gain an in-depth understanding of changes in technical services that have taken place over a quarter century and look at future trends and changes that may occur. Technical Services Management surveys and analyzes technical services in libraries from 1965 to 1990, a formative period and one of great change in library operations. The book also identifies trends that continue to impact technical services operations in libraries today. Readers gain a comprehensive knowledge of where the field has been and where it is now to help them plan and prepare more effectively for the future.Most chapters are historical, combined with a firm grasp of the present and a glimpse or more at the future. They are grouped to reflect the various aspects of technical services. Trends in technical services are considered in chapters on the development of technical services literature and the major changes in technical services in school libraries. Chapters on the major subdivisions within technical services--acquisitions and collection development, cataloging, and preservation--trace changes in library operations and the impact of automation. Issues in catalog design are explored in chapters on the emergence of online public access catalogs, bibliographic utilities, and approaches to authority control. Efforts to improve subject access are addressed through chapters on subject cataloging, the Dewey Decimal Classification, and indexing in the U.S. and Great Britain. To keep pace with changes in technical services, changes in professional education and development are needed as documented in chapters on cataloging education, continuing education in technical services, and the role of professional organizations. The final chapter outlines new challenges in the future and new roles for librarians in an electronic environment.Effective planning for the future includes learning about the past. Technical Services Management, 1965--1990 is a vital resource for library historians, library educators, technical services librarians, and graduate students in library and information science who need to know "how things were" in order to see more clearly "how things will be."

Making in School and Public Libraries (Paperback): Kristin Fontichiaro Making in School and Public Libraries (Paperback)
Kristin Fontichiaro; Edited by Caroline Wack, Tori Culler, Nicole Sype
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook (Paperback): Paul Gibbons The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook (Paperback)
Paul Gibbons
R1,674 Discovery Miles 16 740 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Freedom of information (FOI) is now an international phenomenon with over 100 countries from Albania to Zimbabwe enacting the right to know for their citizens. Since 2005, the UK's Freedom of Information Act has opened up thousands of public bodies to unparalleled scrutiny and prompted further moves to transparency. Wherever the right to know is introduced, its success depends on the way it is implemented. In organisations worldwide, FOI only works because of those who oversee its operation on a day-to-day basis, promoting openness, processing requests and advising colleagues and the public. FOI is dependent on the FOI Officers. The Freedom of Information Officer's Handbook is a comprehensive guide to FOI and its management. It is designed to be an indispensable tool for FOI Officers and their colleagues. It includes: a guide to the UK's FOI Act, the right to know and the exemptions clear analysis of the most important case law and its implications for the handling of FOI requests pointers to the best resources to help FOI officers in their work explanations of how FOI interacts with other legislation, including detailed explorations of the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 and how the EU's General Data Protection Regulation impacts on FOI a look at requirements to proactively publish information and the effect of copyright and re-use laws on FOI and open data comparisons of the UK's Act with FOI legislation in other jurisdictions from Scotland to South Africa an exploration of the role of the FOI Officer: who they are, what they do, their career development and what makes them effective suggestions on how to embed FOI within an organisation using effective procedures, technology and training a stage-by-stage guide to processing requests for information. The Freedom of Information Officers' Handbook includes the latest developments in FOI including amendments made to the UK's FOI Act by the Data Protection Act 2018 and the revised s.45 code of practice published by the Cabinet Office in July 2018.

Systematic Searching - Practical ideas for improving results (Paperback): Paul Levay, Jenny Craven Systematic Searching - Practical ideas for improving results (Paperback)
Paul Levay, Jenny Craven
R1,799 Discovery Miles 17 990 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

In resource poor, cost saving times, this book provides practical advice on new methods and technologies involved in systematic searching and explores the role of information professionals in delivering these changes The editors bring together expert international practitioners and researchers to highlight the latest thinking on systematic searching. Beginning by looking at the methods and techniques underlying systematic searching, the book then examines the current challenges and the potential solutions to more effective searching in detail, before considering the role of the information specialist as an expert searcher. Systematic Searching blends theory and practice and takes into account different approaches to information retrieval with a special focus being given to searching for complex topics in a health-related environment. The book does not presume an in-depth prior knowledge or experience of systematic searching and includes case studies, practical examples and ideas for further research and reading. The book is divided into three parts: Methods covers theoretical approaches to evidence synthesis and the implications that these have for the search process, including searching for complex topics and choosing the right sources. Technology examines new technologies for retrieving evidence and how these are leading to new directions in information retrieval and evidence synthesis. People considers the future of the information specialist as an expert searcher and explores how information professionals can develop their skills in searching, communication and collaboration to ensure that information retrieval practice is, and remains, evidence-based. Systematic Searching will be essential reading for library and information service providers and information specialists, particularly those in a health-related environment. It will also be of interest to students of library and information science, systematic reviewers, researchers and practitioners conducting complex searches in settings including social care, education and criminal justice.

Reading by Right - Successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed (Paperback): Joy Court Reading by Right - Successful strategies to ensure every child can read to succeed (Paperback)
Joy Court
R1,532 Discovery Miles 15 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Reading is an essential life skill not only for an individual's development and life chances but for social cohesion and a developed democracy. This book focuses on the importance of reading for pleasure and the difference that it can make to a person's life chances, with a focus upon how libraries and librarians help reluctant and struggling readers: those who might fall through the net or be left behind. Reading by Right provides an edited collection of chapters covering aspects of overcoming reading difficulties or reading reluctance in children and young people from birth right through to teenage. The book examines the research into problems with the acquisition of reading and highlights some of the best practise to be found internationally, both as a practical aid but also to inspire partnership and cooperation. Content covered includes: an outline of the political and strategic framework that library and education practitioners face in trying to overcome the barriers to reading a review of the past several decades of research in this area how youngsters become 'reluctant readers' and how to improve the situation for everyone examples of successful projects from Korea and Finland, countries that consistently perform well in reading tests and international league tables a wealth of practical context, including case studies and perspectives from school and public libraries an overview of the ongoing relevance of debates and discussion around diversity in publishing and children's books, including some potential solutions. The book will be invaluable reading for practitioners and students of librarianship in both the public and school sectors. It will also be of great interest to all teachers, consultants and educators concerned with literacy and reading, and to policy makers in both the school and library sectors.

Developing Digital Scholarship - Emerging practices in academic libraries (Paperback): Alison Mackenzie, Lindsey Martin Developing Digital Scholarship - Emerging practices in academic libraries (Paperback)
Alison Mackenzie, Lindsey Martin
R1,407 Discovery Miles 14 070 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book provides strategic insights drawn from librarians who are meeting the challenge of digital scholarship, utilizing the latest technologies and creating new knowledge in partnership with researchers, scholars, colleagues and students. The impact of digital on libraries has extended far beyond its transformation of content, to the development of services, the extension and enhancement of access to research and to teaching and learning systems. As a result,the fluidity of the digital environment can often be at odds with the more systematic approaches to development traditionally taken by academic libraries, which has also led to a new generation of roles and shifting responsibilities with staff training and development often playing 'catch-up'. One of the key challenges to emerge is how best to demonstrate expertise in digital scholarship which draws on the specialist technical knowledge of the profession and maintains and grows its relevance for staff, students and researchers. This edited collection spans a wide range of contrasting perspectives, contexts, insights and case studies, which explore the relationships between digital scholarship, contemporary academic libraries and professional practice. The book demonstrates that there are opportunities to be bold, remodel, trial new approaches and reposition the library as a key partner in the process of digital scholarship. Content covered includes: * the impact of digital scholarship on organizational strategies * an insight into new services and roles, partnerships and collaborations * case studies exploring new technologies to support research and development * new approaches to service delivery * re-visioning of space, physical and virtual. This is an essential guide for librarians and information professionals involved in digital scholarship and communication, who wish to extend their awareness of emerging practices, as well as library administrators and students studying library and information science.

Library Analytics and Metrics - Using data to drive decisions and services (Paperback): Ben Showers Library Analytics and Metrics - Using data to drive decisions and services (Paperback)
Ben Showers
R1,532 Discovery Miles 15 320 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

This book will inform and inspire librarians, archivists, curators and technologists to make better use of data to help inform decision-making, the development of new services and the improvement of the user experience. With the wealth of data available to library and cultural heritage institutions, analytics are the key to understanding their users and improving the systems and services they offer. Using case studies to provide real-life examples of current developments and services, and packed full of practical advice and guidance for libraries looking to realize the value of their data, this will be an essential guide for librarians and information professionals. Library Analytics and Metrics brings together a group of internationally recognized experts to explore some of the key issues in the exploitation of data analytics and metrics in the library and cultural heritage sectors, including: The role of data in helping inform collections management and strategy Approaches to collecting, analyzing and utilizing data Using analytics to develop new services and improve the user experience Using ethnographic methodologies to better understand user behaviours The opportunities of library data as 'big data' The role of 'small data' in delivering meaningful interventions for users Practical advice on managing the risks and ethics of data analytics How analytics can help uncover new types of impact and value for institutions and organizations. Readership: This book will be an invaluable resource for librarians and library directors interested in developing a data-driven approach to their service provision and decision making; students on library and information science courses; and managers and practitioners in other cultural heritage sectors such as museums, archives and galleries.

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