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Title:Shifting Borders: Changes in the Scholarly Landscape and Integration of Area Studies Libraries to Accomplish New Service Goals in an Academic Library.
Author(s):Witt, Steven W.; Joe Lenkart; Lynne M. Rudasill
Subject(s):Area Studies
Academic Libraries
Library Organization
Library Administration
Abstract:In 2012, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library formed the International and Area Studies (IAS) Library as a part of the library-wide New Service Model (NSM) program’s approach to librarianship (as described by Jacoby & Searing in Chapter 1) that emphasizes a deepened commitment to research services that aim to better coordinate and collaborate on patron-focused services. The NSM shift created, for the first time at Illinois, one library that combined the librarians, services, and collecting responsibilities representing African Studies; East Asian Studies; European Union Studies; Global Studies; Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Middle East and North African Studies; Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; and South Asian Studies. Through the NSM merger, semiautonomous libraries, reading rooms, and units formed a singular IAS Library. One of the principle challenges of the consolidations was to ensure that the close working relationship among area studies faculty and the library could be maintained, if not enhanced, through a new model of service.
Issue Date:2015
Publisher:ACRL
Citation Info:Witt, Steven W., Joe Lenkart and Lynne M. Rudasill. Shifting Borders: Changes in the Scholarly Landscape and Integration of Area Studies Libraries to Accomplish New Service Goals in an Academic Library. Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries. Ed. Sara Holder and Amber Butler Lannon. Chicago: ACRL, 2015. 33-48.
Genre:Book Chapter
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/91646
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-10-11


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