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An Analysis of the Development Strategy of Academic Libraries in the U.S., U.K., Australia and Canada

  • Journal of Korean Library and Information Science Society
  • Abbr : JKLISS
  • 2006, 37(1), pp.55-82
  • Publisher : Korean Library And Information Science Society
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

Yoon, Cheong Ok 1

1청주대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze the development strategy of academic libraries in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Canada which have been established in response to the problems faced since the 1990s. Major problems, which academic libraries in various countries have commonly experienced include continuing decrease in library expenditures, changing role of libraries themselves, changing nature of library collections, development of information technology and technological infrastructure on campus, steep increase in prices of scholarly journals, and relative decrease in purchasing powers of libraries. In this study, discussed are the strategic planning and solutions carried out at the national or government level, rather than by individual libraries. Their efforts commonly focus on such measures as resource sharing, shared catalog and storage facilities, cooperative purchasing and negotiation for scholarly journals, etc.

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