Libraries in the United States and Canada are facing similar challenges to their futures. Editors Susan Cleyle and Louise McGillis have pulled together an impressive list of contributors to look at the future of the profession and answer the question: is it time to turn off the lights and call it a day? Essays challenge the reader on five different topics: the Web, library as place, pushing to the desktop, certification, and the future of associations. Contributors were asked to think outside the box and take readers to places they may not have been before thus providing both LIS students and practicing librarians with innovative ways to position themselves to serve a future society that is information hungry.
Susan Cleyle is an Associate University Librarian with Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has written and spoken on a variety of topics that will affect the profession both today and tomorrow. Louise McGillis is an Information Services Librarian with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University in Corner Brook Newfoundland. Louise's expertise is in the area of user preferences and usage statistics, two areas of grave importance to the future of successful libraries.
Part 1 Preface Part 2 Acknowledgments Part 3 Introduction: Change the Lightbulb or Flip the Switch - Our Choice! Part 4 Part 1: The Tug of War between Libraries and the Web: Who Will End Up in the Dirt? Chapter 5 1 The Microwave of the Reference World Chapter 6 2 Library Prophets and Library Pornographers: Some Problems That Arise When We Talk about Libraries and the Web Chapter 7 3 The Library Blog: Serving Users and Staying Relevant Part 8 Part 2: Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: How Do We Reinvent the Library as Place? Chapter 9 4 "Real" University Libraries Don't Have Neon Lights Chapter 10 5 A Refuge and a Sanctuary: Vancouver's Carnegie Library as Civic Space Chapter 11 6 Public Libraries and Services to Students: Taking Up the Slack in the Face of Budget Cuts Part 12 Part 3: The End of the World as We Know It: What Are the Consequences of Pushing to the Desktop? Chapter 13 7 Being All We Can Be: The Web as Both a Threat and the Means of Our Salvation Chapter 14 8 The Challenges of Our Success: Consequences of Pushing to the Desktop Chapter 15 9 All or Nothing at All: The Consequences of Pushing Electronic Resources to the Desktop Part 16 Part 4: From Librarian to Cybrarian: Can Certification Redefine Us? Chapter 17 10 Post-Master's Certification: A Case for Responsive Education Chapter 18 11 Door #1: Certification. Door #2: Not! Door #3: Real Solutions Chapter 19 12 The Certification Debate: Will You, Won't You, Will You, Won't You, Will You Join the Dance? Part 20 Part 5: Mixing the Old with the New: How Do Library Associations Survive? Chapter 21 13 Changing Roles for Library Associations Chapter 22 14 Texas Library Association: A Success Story Chapter 23 15 Lighting the Way: Can Library Associations Shape Our Future? Chapter 24 16 I Don't Wanna Pay If I Can't Play: One New Librarian's Vision of Library Associations Part 25 Epilogue Part 26 About the Editors and Contributors