Book Survival in Academic Landscapes of the Future

By James P McCarthy.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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This presentation will be a theoretical statement about the possible position of the book in academic landscapes in the future. It is underpinned by experiences of repository storage for the holdings of the Boole Library at University College Cork, Ireland which have influenced the author's thoughts from the points of view of the history of the collection,its value in the academic landscape, the changing nature of the role of the book in that landscape and future directions. The sources searched have ranged from the worlds of Cognitive Archaeology to Information Science to the History of the Book emphasising the trans-disciplinary nature of evolving intellectual landscapes. Issues to do with library futures such as the growth and development of repository libraries and their technologies, the question of a digital 'flip-over' in staff and student choice of preferred access to information are considered as well as the nature of the value of the book as artefact and mentafact.

Keywords: Academic Landscapes, Intellectual Landscapes, Book History, Libraries, Futures, Repositories

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.947KB).

James P McCarthy

Assistant Librarian, Boole Library, Special Collections, Archives and Repository Services Division, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

J.P. McCarthy is an Assistant Librarian at the Library of University College Cork, Ireland who has worked as a Librarian for the past 30 years. He began his career in the profession working with rare books, special collections, manuscripts and archives. Since then he has occupied a variety of positions ranging from cataloguer, automation librarian, project manager off-site storage, Arts and Multimedia Librarian. He is currently managing the remote storage facility for the University Library. A Masters graduate in Archaeology with interests in local history studies as well as a long standing interest in the history and heritage of Librarianship, he has an ongoing interest in the future of libraries and in the impact new technologies may have on that future. He has published on library futures and remote storage issues. In 1996 his article In Search of Cork's Collecting Traditions: From Kilcrea's Library to the Boole Library of Today which appeared in the Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol 100, 1995 was the winner of the Library Association Library History Award in the UK.

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