This volume of "Advances in Library Administration and Organization" offers papers of interest to practitioners and researchers in the library community throughout the world. All of the papers in one way or another address the tension between what researchers can deliver, what they define as reputable knowledge, and what library practitioners need to know "to get the job done". While these papers differ from each other by problem, scale, methodology and theory, one question "What can science tell us about practice?" unites them all. These papers include a discussion of the principles that underlie collection development, two papers that critically examine the relation between distance learning and on site library service and two more papers that use the notion of sense making to look at what the terms leadership and public space mean when we talk about libraries.The last three papers address a series of pragmatic issues anyone who works within a library can identify with, namely, "what does it mean to "market" a library", "how can we define "value" in relation to what goes on in a library and create "value" for our communities", and, finally, "What constitutes and impedes 'success" for library professionals?", especially if those who are minority women. These papers, taken together, raise the issues of how well we understand, researchers and practitioners alike, the institutions we study, manage and work within. What we in the profession often regard as common sense and "good practice" may not really be either. In short, these papers point to a number of issues, ones we often do not even acknowledge, that researchers need to help practitioners address if science is to make a difference in how librarians understand and manage the institutions they work within.
"...a valuable resource for all library professionals. This on-going series has maintained a strong professional standard, with research articles that address today's challenges, enrich us with shared experience, and provide a forum for the perplexities of our dynamic profession." - Linda Collins, Harvard University in JOURNAL OF ACCESS SERVICES, vol.3, number 1, 2005
Introduction. (J.M. Nyce). Collection Evaluation: A Reconsideration. (C.B. Osburn). An Analysis of Library Web Sites at Colleges and Universities Serving Distance Education Students. (O.L. Jurkowski). Distance Education Students' Perceptions of Library Support Services: Mississippi Public Community and Junior Colleges. (P. Kindja Ladner). Organizational Sensemaking as a Theoretical Framework for the Study of Library Leadership. (T. Lynn Fulton). Understanding the Role of Values in Library Design. (L. Pavlovsky). Marketing: a New Way of Doing Business in Academic Libraries. (M. Cox Norris). How Can Academic Librarians Create Value? (M.L. Weinberg et al.). Career Patterns of African American Women Academic Library Administrators. (B. Simpson Darden, B. Turock). About the Authors.