The Globalized Library: American Academic Libraries and International Students, Collections, and Practices

ALA. 2019. 448p. ed. by ed. by Yelena Luckert & Lindsay Inge Carpenter. ISBN 9780838989517. pap. $90. PRO MEDIA
Even in our interconnected society, the identification of American academic libraries as fundamentally globalized organizations can come as something of a surprise. Yet as editors Luckert and Carpenter (both of Univ. of Maryland Libs.) seek to show in this wide-ranging collection, international issues touch virtually every aspect of U.S. academic library work, making international librarianship a much richer and applicable field than at first it may appear. Emphasizing this fact are the book’s whopping 33 chapters, which are organized into five general themes: “Information Literacy,” “Outreach & Inclusion,” “Collections & Digital Humanities,” “Establishing Libraries & Services Abroad,” and “Career & Professional Development.” Chapters are presented formally, with separate licenses for use, introductions, literature reviews, and bibliographies—making them almost easier to read individually than as a cohesive group. However, the book’s power is in its scope and overlapping lessons, and, taken together, chapters will leave readers with a much stronger understanding of the “pulse” of international librarianship and the opportunity it presents for academic libraries to communicate their value.
VERDICT A hefty yet convincing look at the international dimensions of U.S. academic library work. Especially recommended to those new to or interested in international librarianship, but valuable for others in academic libraries as well.

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