Solutions to the unique problems of academic libraries in urban and metropolitan areas are provided in this professional handbook. Issues faced by the administrators of these libraries can differ markedly from those encountered by their counterparts in residential college towns, with service demands emanating from both the surrounding community and their own academic community. Written by experienced urban university librarians, each chapter addresses issues unique to the in-city academic library.
Reaching out to their communities to establish links with business, industry, and other libraries, the administrators of the urban/metropolitan libraries require a great degree of diplomacy and management skills. Service demands arising from urban high schools place additional pressures on limited resources. This handbook shows how the use of new technologies can assist the urban academic librarian in fashioning services for a nonresident faculty, as well as a usually older student body, comprised of many international and part-time students. The characteristics of city living and their impact on information-seeking behavior are discussed. Other topics covered are resource sharing, setting fees, staff and collection security, environmental pollution and space requirements.
About the Author:
GERARD B. McCABE is Director of Libraries at Clarion University of Pennsylvania. He is co-editor of Advances in Library Administration and Organization: A Research Annual, and editor of The Smaller Academic Library (Greenwood Press, 1988) and a companion volume, Operations Handbook for the Small Academic Library (Greenwood, 1989). He has contributed many articles to professional library publications.