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Special Libraries as Knowledge Management Centres by Eva Semertzaki

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Foreword

This volume has never been needed as much as it is now! Dr Toby Pearlstein and I have been trying to help special librarians cope with one of the worst business recessions since the Great Depression of the 1930s.1 2 3 4 Unlike that dark period for special libraries when the then-president of the Special Libraries Association would state, ‘… almost no special libraries have been discontinued,’5 the same cannot be said of the present. Special libraries everywhere have been closed and/or reduced in greater numbers than ever before. Certainly, newspaper libraries, magazine libraries and libraries in other media outlets have been especially hard hit in the US.6

One of the perennial problems for special libraries is that their value is neither ...

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