Will the library of the future be "bookless"? Will reference librarians disappear? Will information continue to double every few years? These are but some of the issues tackled by a group of curious librarians. Perhaps, like them, you too are troubled by the swift current of changes flowing through your institution. Unleashed by the erudite Martin Raish, contributors were asked to write about whatever was uppermost on their minds about today's academic libraries and librarians. The result is a constellation of opinion, expressed with intelligence, poignancy, and wit.
Martin Raish is Chair of the Department of Library Instruction and Information Literacy, Brigham Young University. In the past he served as a reference librarian and bibliographer and also as a coordinator for library instruction.
Chapter 1 Acknowledgments Chapter 2 Introduction: Monsters in Our Closets Chapter 3 Chapter 1: Academic Librarians Offer the Crucial Human Element in Online Scholarship Chapter 4 Chapter 2: Slipping Sanctuaries Chapter 5 Chapter 3: Moving Beyond the "Re" Generation: Making Libraries and Librarians Count in the Twenty-first Century Chapter 6 Chapter 4: Reference Librarians As Wild Animals Chapter 7 Chapter 5: Place and Space: Libraries and the Cartography of Knowledge Chapter 8 Chapter 6: Ketchup Has Always Been a Vegetable Chapter 9 Chapter 7: Creating That Teachable Moment Chapter 10 Chapter 8: A Bookless Society-Who Says? Chapter 11 Chapter 9: All We Need Is a Fast Horse: Riding Information Literacy into the Academy Chapter 12 Chapter 10: Information Literacy As Liberal Education: Academic Libraries, the Teaching Librarian, and Collection Marketing Chapter 13 Chapter 11: From Library-College to Information Literacy: An Evolving Strategy for Educating Library Users Chapter 14 Chapter 12: Plexus and Nexus: From Ramelli to Zappa and Beyond Chapter 15 Chapter 13: From Custodian to Navigator: The Amazing Heroic Journey of the New Information Specialist Chapter 16 Chapter 14: Giving Away the Keys to the Kingdom Chapter 17 Chapter 15: Shining Some Light on the Monster Under the Bed: A Closer Look at the "Doubling of Knowledge" Chapter 18 Chapter 16: Libraries as Gardens: Using Analogies to Teach the Research Process Chapter 19 Chapter 17: On Specialization Chapter 20 Chapter 18: To (Pre)Serve and Protect Chapter 21 Chapter 19: Will Time Tame this Tyrant, Too? Chapter 22 Index Chapter 23 Contributors