Special libraries

Health Inform, Vol.2 No.2 (June 1992)

Contents: Editorial by Lisa Belkin; from the President by Jo Marshall; ALIA Health Libraries Section general meetings by Jenni Rusciano; Fairfield campus information network by Suzanne O'Callaghan;  professional issues; ITS: Information technology issues by Dorothea Rowse; forthcoming events; performance indicators by Kathy Hutton; obituary: Mary Delafield by Enid Meldrum.

Putting a value on 'priceless': an independent assessment on the return on investment of special libraries in Australia

In 2014, ALIA, in conjunction with the Australian Law Library Association, Health Libraries Inc (HLInc) and Health Libraries Australia (ALIA HLA, a national group of the Australian Library and Information Association), released a study which suggests law firms, government departments, associations and other organisations involved with special libraries gain over $5 in return for every $1 they invest in special libraries.

Future of the library and information profession: special libraries. Summary

Ten themes emerged from our consultation relating specifically to special libraries, including government, law, health, corporate, engineering, science, art and others. 1. Radical transformation. 2. Value proposition. 3. DIY information. 4. Ready to use. 5. A seat at the top table. 6. Centralise and embed. 7. Big data. 8. Digitisation. 9. Subject specialisation. 10. Space.

Future of the library and information science profession: special libraries

Special libraries comprise government, association, health, law, corporate, consulting firm, ICT, engineering, religious, science and technology, art, museum, agriculture, media and other libraries that serve departments, institutions, not-for-profits, charities and businesses. The word library doesn’t always appear in the title, instead some are called information services or research units, terms which also describe their main purpose and function.

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