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Redesigning Library Services: A Manifesto



The best way to explore these issues is talking with others with similar interests. This is now facilitated by several bulletin boards and "listservers" (e.g. PACS-L@UHUPVM.BITNET and CNIDIR-L@UNMVM.BITNET) through which one can engage in dialogue with those active in the field. Conferences organized by, for example, the American Library Association and its divisions, the American Society for Information Science, and EDUCOM are likely to be more or less helpful.

A convenient short specialized guide to resources with an emphasis on university libraries can be found in Arms, Carolyn A., ed., Campus Strategies for Libraries and Electronic Information, pp. 373-381. S.l.: Digital Press, 1990. There is also a glossary and accounts of developments in selected U.S. university libraries.

More generally, a systematic approach to published literature is not very practical because little of what is published addresses in any direct way the sorts of strategic issues examined in this book and because what is published is not concentrated in any one place. It may occur in general publications such as American Libraries or the Journal of Documentation or in specialized journals such as Cataloging and Classification Quarterly or College and Research Libraries. Technology-oriented journals, such as Information Technology and Libraries and Library Hi-Tech, also carry material on longer term issues but are, for the most part, concerned with shorter term, more technical matters.

In library catalogs using Library of Congress Subject Headings try the subject headings "Library Science--Forecasting" and "Information Science--Forecasting."

There are, of course, the usual sources on library services, e.g.:

   Library & Information Science Abstracts. London: Library Association, 1969- .
   Library Hi-Tech Bibliography. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pierian Press, 1986- .
   Library Literature. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1934- .

   Advances in Librarianship. New York: Academic Press, 1970 .
   Advances in Library Administration and Organization. Greenwich, Conn.: JAI Press, 1982- .
   ALA Yearbook of Library and Information Services. Chicago: American Library Association, 1984- .
   Annual Review of Information Science and Technology. Medford, NJ: Information Today, 1966- .
   Library Trends. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science,
1952- .

Specialized journals
   Educom Review. Washington, D.C.: Educom, 1966- .
   Information Technology and Libraries. Chicago, Ill.: Librtary and Information Technology Association, 1982- .
   Library Hi-Tech. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Pierian Press, 1983- .

Works likely to be useful for background material and bibliographies include:

   Baker, Sharon L., and F. W. Lancaster, Measurement and Evaluation of Library Services. 2nd ed. Arlington, Va.: Information Resources Press, 1991.

   Shuman, Bruce A. The Library of the Future: Alternative Scenarios for the Information Profession. Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1989. A good brief introduction to future studies, with alternative scenarios for U.S. public library development.

   SPEC Kits issued by the Systems and Procedures Center of the Office of Management Studies of the Association of Research Libraries, Washington, D.C.

   Taylor, Robert S. Value-Added Processes in Information Systems. Norwood, N.J.: Ablex, 1986.

   Vickery, Brian C., and Alina Vickery. Information Science in Theory and Practice. London: Butterworths, 1987.

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