Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 66: 81-126 (2011)

原著論文Original Article

アメリカの学部学生用図書館のサービスと概念の変遷1990年代以降の変化を中心にTrends in services and concepts in undergraduate libraries in the US since the 1990s

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科図書館・情報学専攻Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2011年6月7日Received: June 7, 2011
受理日:2011年10月13日Accepted: October 13, 2011
発行日:2011年12月26日Published: December 26, 2011




Purpose: This paper reviews historical changes and trends in undergraduate libraries in the US since the1990s, focusing on the contents of services provided, and examines how the concept of ‘undergraduate library service’ has changed in the US.

Methods: First, through an extensive review of the literature, important discussions or assertions on changes in undergraduate libraries are systematically enumerated. Second, 23 universities having their own undergraduate libraries in 2009 were selected, and their services were surveyed by examining their websites and documents published about the undergraduate libraries. Third, a detailed case study was performed for four universities in which the undergraduate library had drastically changed and two universities that introduced a new undergraduate library in the 1990s.

Results: The results show that the services of undergraduate libraries have: 1) become more integrated, 2) played a greater role in university education, and 3) become more sensitive to students’ achievements. Also, library operations for the services have: 1) become more collaborative within the library system, and concurrently 2) become more collaborative with faculty members and campus’s units. On the other hand, the concept of undergraduate library services has changed from “services within libraries exclusively used by undergraduate students in research universities” to “services for undergraduate students provided totally by the whole library system”. More recently, services have become recognized as an important activity to be executed by the whole university, not only the library, through effective collaboration among departments involved in the education of undergraduate students.

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