Nov 2008 | 256pp
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This book celebrates and acknowledges the contribution Professor Peter Brophy has made over a career spanning 37 years to the field of library and information studies. Whilst reflecting on his work, it is forward looking and challenging, and offers strategies for the future direction of library and information services in the virtual era.
Following an introduction and tribute to Peter on his retirement, the text is contributed by an international team of acknowledged leaders in their fields, and focuses on four key themes that have preoccupied Peter during his career and that remain of pre-eminent importance for the future of the profession:
The book concludes with a comprehensive bibliography of Peter's work.
Readership: This timely book addresses issues and concerns transferable across different areas of the information sector, including academic, public and special libraries, and will be stimulating reading for anyone working, studying, or teaching within the profession.
Introduction - Alan F. MacDougall
1. The Library Research Unit at the University of Lancaster, 1967–1972: a memoir - Michael Buckland
THEME 1: LIBRARIES, LEARNING AND DISTANCE LEARNING
2. Alice in www.land: reflections on ten years of developing library services for distance learners - Gill Needham and Nicky Whitsed
3. Putting the ‘e’ into libraries and learning: study, pedagogy, content and services in the digital age - David Baker
THEME 2: WIDENING ACCESS TO INFORMATION
4. Library services for visually impaired people: a UK perspective - Jenny Craven
5. Public libraries, an enduring freedom: widening access to learning, information and culture - John Dolan
6. Sceptic 2.0? Social networking technologies in public libraries - Juliet Eve
THEME 3: CHANGING DIRECTIONS OF INFORMATION DELIVERY
7. Institutional repositories in tertiary institutions: access, delivery and performance - Rowena Cullen and Brenda Chawner
8. Folksonomies to ontologies: the changing nature of controlled vocabularies - Richard J. Hartley
THEME 4: PERFORMANCE, QUALITY AND LEADERSHIP
9. An evaluation decision-making system: development and implementation of a web-based evaluation learning and instructional tool - Charles R. McClure and John T. Snead
10. Measuring the quality of academic library electronic services and resources - Jillian R Griffiths
11. Influential leadership for academic libraries - Jennifer Rowley and Sue Roberts
12. Peter Brophy: a selected bibliography
"I would recommend this book not only as a worthy tribute to a prominent figure, but also one that may serve as excellent teaching material in some modern library and information science courses and also as a useful text for professional librarians providing exemples of best practice, introducing useful technological tools for library management and work, and depicting some interesting cases from practice in public and academic libraries."
- Information Research
"The book is suitable for those studying, researching and working within the profession, with applicability across different sectors. It is well-written, easy to read and well structured with a comprehensive index."
"This festschrift includes some serious writing from some significant names in the profession. Most readers will find something of interest and many will find something new."