James White Library Strategic Plan - 2002
| Librairies and Change | Themes
| Communities | Environment
| Knowledge Resources | Human
Resources | Appendix
Academic libraries at the threshold of the 21st century are being
impacted by several trends and developments. Some are economic in nature, while
others are spawned by the information technology revolution that is re-shaping
American society and ultimately the entire world. The combined impact on James
White Library is substantial and almost constantly changing, making it difficult
to chart a journey with any degree of certainty. The best we can do is to observe
the weather, set a course, and be prepared to make adjustments en route.
The Strategic Planning Committee has identified several trends in the academic
world which impact our planning :
- •Academic libraries are receiving a smaller share of their institutions'
financial resources. Andrews University struggles to finance an expanding
range of support services, including information technology and instructional
- •Distance education makes ever-increasing demands on library resources and
services. The Standards for Library Services to Distance Education
published by the Association of College and Research Libraries in 2000 challenge
James White Library to offer a complete range of services to off-campus learners.
- •Academic libraries are participating in networks and consortia for the
purpose of sharing resources. The James White Library participates actively
in consortia at the state, regional, and denominational levels.
- •The serials crisis continues to challenge academic libraries. The James
White Library has responded to the crisis by assembling a cluster of strategies
that constitute a new plan for periodical resources at Andrews.
- •Information literacy has become recognized as a critical component of educational
programs. As the Internet continues to explode with information resources,
students must receive training in finding, evaluating and using a complex
array of knowledge resources.
- •Restructuring of academic libraries, both internally and externally, is
occurring more frequently. Internally, libraries are organizing to be more
flexible and responsive in the face of change.
- •Knowledge management impacts the role of libraries in an increasingly digital
world. It is apparent that librarians, as custodians and purveyors of knowledge,
are destined to play an important role in the way knowledge is packaged and