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Libraries, Leadership, and Scholarly Communication

236p. index. ALA. Jun. 2016. pap. $67. ISBN 9780838914335.
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Prolific writer and frequent presenter on academic libraries Anderson (associate dean, collections & scholarly communication, University of Utah; Buying and Contracting for Resources and Services) is no stranger to controversial conversations about scholarly communication and publishing, monographic print collections, patron privacy, library-vendor relations, and the reference desk, among other subjects. Here, he asks tough questions about the profession. In today's technology-driven and information-saturated marketplace, how do we demonstrate our value to our parent institutions when several essential resources are competing for limited funding? With stagnant or shrinking collection budgets, how do we decide between two equally important resources when a choice must be made? This collection of 37 clear, analytical, and imminently readable short essays, articles, and postings from the author's "Scholarly Kitchen" blog offers a thought-provoking tour of local and global, practical and theoretical, short-term and long-term issues facing libraries today.
VERDICT Recommended reading for anyone interested in the future of libraries of any type.

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