Geology Librarianship: Current Trends and Challenges

Lura E. Joseph

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Current trends and challenges in geology librarianship are influenced by driving forces such as the exponential increase in knowledge, the interdisciplinary nature of sciences, specialization of disciplines, space and budget constraints, and user expectations. The current trend toward a digital environment affects all areas of librarianship including collection development, current awareness, reference, instruction, preservation, dissemination of information, legislation and copyright law. Although the future role of librarianship may appear murky, science librarians will almost certainly continue to function as information specialists who reach across disciplinary boundaries to find related information. They will continue to prepare users for a lifetime of learning, work to standardize the various electronic resources, and ensure that knowledge is preserved in some format. This article provides an overview of the current state of geology librarianship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInformation Practice in Science and Technology
Subtitle of host publicationEvolving Challenges and New Directions
EditorsMary Schlembach
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780203049976
ISBN (Print)9780789021830, 9780789021847
StatePublished - Aug 2003


  • Challenges
  • Digital format
  • Electronic format
  • Geology
  • Librarianship
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • General Arts and Humanities


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