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Special libraries

Abstract:

Special libraries are the libraries that are neither public nor academic or school. This chapter describes their role in the parent institution because they are closely related to its goals and activities. Special libraries are user-centric institutions that compete to fulfil sufficiently the needs of information-seekers throughout the organisation. They provide added-value services to their companies but their funding relies on the parent company. In the current economic downturn, special libraries face shrinking budgets and are vulnerable to library closures when senior management decides to diminish its expenses. On the contrary, library staff face many challenges in their efforts to prove their value. For that ...

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