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Libraries for the future: the role of IT utilities in the transformation of academic libraries.

Tait, Elizabeth; Martzoukou, Konstantina; Reid, Peter

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Elizabeth Tait



Abstract

This article presents an evaluation of the role of IT utilities in the transformation of academic library services. It begins with a brief overview of the historical development of academic libraries followed by a discussion of current challenges and opportunities for academic libraries. It then offers reflections on the changing role and focus of academic libraries, evident, for example, via the reduction of physical book stock and through an increased focus on collaborative learning spaces. The article also discusses examples of innovative technological developments for learning, data management and the impact of these on the academic library sector, including the need for library staff to develop new skills and roles such as 'embedded' librarian roles. The article concludes with reflections on future developments and the role of IT Utilities.

Citation

TAIT, E., MARTZOUKOU, K. and REID, P. 2016. Libraries for the future: the role of IT utilities in the transformation of academic libraries. Palgrave communications [online], 2, article 16070. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1057/palcomms.2016.70

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 2, 2016
Online Publication Date Oct 7, 2016
Publication Date Dec 31, 2016
Deposit Date Oct 12, 2016
Publicly Available Date Oct 12, 2016
Journal Palgrave communications
Electronic ISSN 2055-1045
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan (part of Springer Nature)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Article Number 16070
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/palcomms.2016.70
Keywords Cultural and media studies; Library science
Public URL http://hdl.handle.net/10059/1894

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