- Creating Research Infrastructures in the 21st-Century Academic Library: Conceiving, Funding, and Building New Facilities and Staff by Bradford Lee Eden
Creating Research Infrastructures in the 21st-Century Academic Library: Conceiving, Funding, and Building New Facilities and Staff, edited by Bradford Lee Eden and part of the Creating the 21st-Century Academic Library series from Rowman & Littlefield, addresses contemporary library infrastructures—plans, guidelines, materials, and services—that facilitate and streamline research for patrons at all academic and experience levels. The chapters are organized around first identifying needs, then moving toward solutions that reinvent library spaces, the roles of librarians, and the expectations of library users, before ending with advice on securing the necessary financial resources. Sharing the widely held assumption that academic libraries in the new millennium should focus primarily on facilitating research, Creating Research Infrastructures in the 21st-Century Academic Library considers how the roles of academic libraries and librarians have been transformed by rapid technological change. The book places special emphasis on acquiring new facilities and staff to meet the changing needs of students and faculty.
As academic libraries compete for scarce funding, it is a frequent frustration that many problems can really only be solved with additional monies. Prices for electronic resources rise annually, and there are continuing demands to upgrade or purchase new technology. This volume provides insight into identifying and justifying new investments and managing the funds once they have been secured. It also discusses making better use of current resources, streamlining costs, and seeking outside funding. Chapter 2, “Re-Engineering Relationships with Faculty and Students: A Social Contract for Digital Scholarship,” by Mark J. Caprio calls attention to redefining interactions with patrons, which impacts how facilities are designed and staff are trained. Several chapters look at how new services can transform stakeholders’ concepts of the library. Collecting and maintaining operations data are presented as the most valuable services for justifying the resources needed to implement change because administrators speak the language of data and budgets. Creating Research Infrastructures in the 21st-Century Academic Library is a valuable addition to the literature on reevaluating and redefining [End Page 443] the institutional role of the academic library in the twenty-first century.
Western Kentucky University–Owensboro