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portal: Libraries and the Academy 4.2 (2004) 308-309



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Cooperative Efforts of Libraries, ed. William Miller and Rita M. Pellen. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2002. 273 p. $34.95 softcover (ISBN 0-7890-2188-9) Published simultaneously as Resource Sharing and Information Networks, v. 16, nos. 1 & 2.

This collection describes regional, state, and inter-institutional cooperation in a wide array of areas: reference service, cataloging, information literacy, collection development, preservation, document delivery, and storage. Authors detail the various resource sharing strategies that were effective in their particular environments. Technical, political, economic, and other challenges are, for the most part, addressed realistically and frankly. While some programs can potentially serve as models, others are relatively unique and hold more academic than practical interest and applicability. (L.G.)

Distance Learning: Information Access and Services for Virtual Users, ed. Hemalata Iyer. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2002. 152 p. $39.95 softcover (ISBN 0-7890-2053-X) Published simultaneously as The Reference Librarian, v. 37, no. 77.

Providing information services and instruction to distance learners is a challenge facing many academic libraries. This volume contains an assortment of articles on asynchronous learning networks, consortial distance learning, and descriptions of library information literacy and outreach programs to distance learners. The collection may benefit those who are either searching comprehensively for information on distance learning, particularly for program descriptions, or want a quick snapshot of the topic. (L.G.) [End Page 308]

The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources: To Preserve and Protect, ed. Andrea T. Merrill. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2002. 237 p. $39.95 softcover (ISBN 0-7890-2091-2) Published simultaneously as Journal of Library Administration, v. 38, nos. 1/2 and 3/4.

In 2000, the Library of Congress (LC) hosted the symposium "To Preserve and Protect: The Strategic Stewardship of Cultural Resources." The proceedings were published by LC with limited distribution; hence the reprinting of the papers in this volume. Papers range from philosophical discussions of our responsibility as cultural stewards to more nuts and bolts descriptions of security and preservation programs. The latter cover the waterfront from building security and theft prevention to collection recovery and digital preservation. (L.G.)

Virtual Reference Services: Issues and Trends, ed. Stacey Ellen Kimmel and Jennifer Heise. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 2002. 196 p. $29.95 softcover (ISBN 0-7890-2045-9) Published simultaneously as Internet Reference Services Quarterly, v. 8, nos. 1/2.

Virtual reference quickly has become an integral mode of service delivery in academic libraries. Focusing exclusively on synchronous modes of delivery, including instant messaging, this volume addresses virtual reference from multiple viewpoints: philosophically, administratively, and practically. Libraries on the trailing edge of this service trend will find the case studies of value as most trace the establishment of services at their respective institutions from conception to implementation and assessment. (L.G.)





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ISSN
1530-7131
Print ISSN
1531-2542
Pages
pp. 308-309
Launched on MUSE
2004-04-09
Open Access
No
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