Chapter 24

Not Only But Also?

Karen Carden     University of the Arts London (UAL) Library, UK


This piece will argue that the future of all libraries is not inevitably digital. It will look at art and design, in particular at the specialist academic art library (or the area of a library that serves art and design education), to see if libraries in this subject area have a different future. In the move to digital resources, different subject areas have moved at different speeds and with different intent. In the authors' institution we have looked at what might make this kind of specialist library different – so the piece will focus on differentiating art and design libraries, their users, their user's information-seeking behaviour and their ...

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