Document (#31592)

Author
Woodhead, P.A.
Martin, J.V.
Title
Subject specialization in British university libraries : a survey
Source
Journal of librarianship and information science. 14(1982) no.2, S.93-108
Year
1982
Abstract
A survey of subject specialisation in UK university libraries was made in Apr 81. Replies were received in the form of letters, from which quotations are made liberally. The evolution of subjetc specialisation is traced and views on the term 'subject specialist' dexcribed. Each library is classified in 1 of 5 categories: functional, dual, hybrid, 3 tier, subject divisional, according to the form of subject specialisation (if any) practised. The range of functions commonly performed on a subject basis is considered. Factors which influence the adoption and implementation of subject specialisation are discussed. These include relations with library users, work satisfaction and promotion prospects, the availability of suitably qualified staff and the relevance of subject qualifications, tensions between subject and functional activities, and the significance of automation and economic considerations. Most of the reservations expressed about subject specialisation were practical rather than ideological
Location
GB
Area
Wissenschaftliche Bibliotheken

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