Private philanthropy and academic libraries in the 1990s


The decade of the 1990s was one of strong progress and support for academic libraries. The advent of the Internet and the explosion of information technology with its different and sophisticated modes of delivery proposed a challenge for academic libraries all over the world. But academic librarians took to the task and made sure that they were at the front line of this new “revolution” and made the changes in technology their own. Private philanthropy also rose to the task of supporting academia’s and its libraries’ efforts. This chapter offers an overview of how philanthropic and corporate funding chose to spread its gifts, and of which types of projects were more favored ...

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