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  • Academic Libraries in the 21 st Century: Wilma L. Jones, Associate Professor Chief Librarian June 2004 A Presentation at the 10 th Sino-American Conference on Education
  • Academic Libraries: From warehouses ...
    • Libraries own Information
    • Librarians are custodian of data
    • Face-to-face interaction
  • To Services and Gateways
    • Access to Information via Internet
    • E-service to patrons
    • Vendors & publishers own information
    • On-Demand Delivery
  • The traditional formats . . .
    • Monographs
    • Periodicals
    • Photographs
    • Microform
    • Films & Videos
    • Sound recordings
  • . . . accessed via new technologies
    • Internet
      • World Wide Web
      • E-mail
      • Virtual reference
      • Flash
    • DVD
    • Wireless
  • ACCESS to services is changing
    • Reference – telephone to e-mail to chat
    • Circulation – self-check e-drop box
    • Reserves – available on the web
    • Periodicals – many available in full-text
    • Microform – digital archives, e.g. JSTOR
    • Inter-Library Loan -- document delivery
    • A/V – multimedia to digital media
  • Library without walls
    • Resources available campus-wide
    • Resources available worldwide
    • Library Hours – 24/7
    • Information available in multiple formats
  • The information gateway
  • E-resources @ CSI
    • 62 electronic databases
      • 32 full-text databases; 30 indexes and abstracts
    • Examples:
      • Lexis-Nexis - over 5000 titles of newspapers, magazines, legal documents, etc.
      • (<www.lexis-nexis.com/about/>).
      • JStor - archival database, back issues of over 300 social science & science titles from the first volume (<www.jstor.org/about/facts.html>).
  • Teaching Information Literacy
    • Knowing when information is needed
    • Identifying the information needed
    • Accessing the needed information
    • Evaluating the information
    • Organizing the information
    • Using the information effectively to solve the problem
        • American Library Association, Final Report... Information Literacy. (1989).
  • Impact of modern technology
    • “ net technology” yielding new roles
      • Systems librarian
      • Web librarian
      • Digital librarian
      • Virtual reference librarian
      • Chief Information Officer
    • Positions eliminated due to new technology
    • Library programs emphasizing technology
    • Library schools omitting the “l” word
    • Teaching scholars to evaluate, retrieve, & use ethically
    • Increase in males entering the field
  • Partnership with Other Libraries
    • CUNY Agreement
      • Students, Staff, Faculty may use and borrow from any CUNY Library
    • METRO
      • Access to other Libraries in the New York Metropolitan area
    • Informal community outreach
  • Special Library Facilities
    • COMWEB Teaching Laboratory
    • Center for Excellence in Learning Technology (CELT)
    • Library Electronic Theatre
    • Video-Conferencing Laboratory
  • The Future
    • Digital paper?
    • Librarian as information consultant?
    • The only sure expectation is change