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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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The modern academic library

Edward Oyston

Introduction

The core purpose of the academic library is not much different today than it was in the early 1990s, before the most radical changes in the use of library space took place: within the context of the institutional academic mission and priorities, it is still to provide secure, supported learning environments over extended hours, where students can learn, interact with others, access learning materials and receive help in meeting their information, learning and research needs. However, even in the context of this core purpose, someone whose last visit to an academic library was just 15 years ago might find much of what they see unrecognisable, whether this be service arrangements, study ...

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