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ERIC Number: EJ813056
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-1
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0363-0277
The Library as Ecosystem
Walter, Scott
Library Journal, v133 n16 p28-32 Oct 2008
Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their environment, and the academic library could be considered to be an ecosystem, i.e., a "biological organization" in which multiple species must interact, both with one another and with their environment. The metaphor of the library as ecosystem is flexible enough to be applied not only to interactions among (and between) library professionals but also to those between library professionals and library users. The library is home to multiple species, and their relations grow more complex every day. In this article, the author discusses how this new way of thinking about the academic library embraces the concepts of mutual benefit and coevolution. (Contains 5 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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