What will future sci-tech libraries be like? Who will be the key players? In this insightful volume, first published in 1992, leaders in sci-tech librarianship reflect on their years in the profession and predict how the sci-tech library will look in ten years. It takes a close look at the revolution in the communication of scientific information and how technology has transformed the process of knowledge delivery and acquisitions. It prepares libraries to react to new channels of scholarly communication that in the future may challenge the viability of the research library. Most importantly, it emphasizes how the rapid pace of change in science, communication, and computers has pushed libraries to aggressively seek to become central to the knowledge formation and transfer process - just to survive. These provocative chapters reveal how sci-tech librarians need to work with scientists and engineers to understand their changing information needs and to participate in the planning and development of new information systems.
This book examines all areas of the scientific process that will be affected by change: the way research is conducted, communicated, transferred, stored, and delivered. The changes discussed in this book encompass researchers, librarians, information managers, publishers, and users. Some of the important topics discussed include an in-depth analysis of the information needs of science and engineering and how to best develop the electronic means to meet them; leadership challenges in the future electronic, computer, or virtual library; concern over the quality of information services for scientists delivered by non-scientist librarians; a ten-year prediction for sci-tech librarians and sci-tech publishers; the science library building of the future; the impact of increasingly interdisciplinary scientific research; and the effect of federal policy on sci-tech libraries.
Table of Contents
1. Foreword: Plus Ça Change Cynthia A. Steinke 2. The Needs of Science and Technology Robert M. Hayes 3. Managing the Sea Change in Science and Technology Libraries Glenn L. Brudvig 4. Scientific and Technical Libraries: Leaders of the 21st Century Barbara Lockett 5. Leadership in Science-Engineering Libraries: Considerations and Realities for the Future Donald G. Frank 6. Education and Recruitment of Science and Engineering Librarians Crit Stuart and Miriam A. Drake 7. Through a Kaleidoscope Darkly Karen Hunter 8. Library Buildings: Their Current State and Future Development Jay K. Lucker 9. The Future of University Science and Technology Libraries: Implications of Increasing Interdisciplinarity Julie M. Hurd 10. Knowledge Diffusion and U.S. Government Technology Policy: Issues and Opportunities for Sci-Tech Librarians Thomas E. Pinelli, Rebecca O. Barclay, Stan Hannah, Barbara Lawrence and John M. Kennedy 11. Collection Development vs Access in Academic Science Libraries Gary Wiggins 12. Which Life Science Journals Will Constitute the Locally Sustainable Core Collection of the 1990's and Which Will Become ‘Fax-Access’ Only?: Predictions Based on Citation and Price Patterns 1979-1989 Tony Stankus and Carolyn V. Mills 13. A Comparison of Science Related Document Delivery Services Robert T. McFarland