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New Review of Libraries and Lifelong Learning

ISSN (printed): 1468-9944. ISSN (electronic): 1740-7893.

The provision of services to support lifelong learning is becoming a major responsibility of many agencies in modern society. Libraries will potentially play a central role in this process, and are already changing as they re-orient themselves to meet the new challenges. The New Review of Libraries and Lifelong Learning is designed to report on innovative approaches to providing the various information skills and learning environments which will foster continuous learning. Progress in information and communication technologies, the re-design of library service delivery, and the scope for libraries to underpin the development of networked learning systems are explored in depth in The New Review. Key themes covered include: Research which places libraries within the lifelong learning paradigm, including the significance of distance learning, open learning and other non-traditional approaches; New models of library provision designed to address the wide variety of lifelong learning requirements, involving issues of library co-operation, appropriate technologies, information quality, and both national and international policy imperatives; The contribution of different library sectors - academic, public, special - to the process of lifelong learning; User requirements, especially of non-traditional users, such as mature learners; Studies of lifelong learning in particular sectors, such as health, business and the voluntary sector; The balance of technological as well as more conventional solutions to learning problems - focusing on learning styles, computer-mediated communication, and multimedia systems; The development of library management practices needed to meet the demands of the extended responsibilities placed upon libraries. The New Review of Libraries and Lifelong Learning, published annually, is essential reading for all librarians, and for those in the wider educational community who are concerned with the overall development of a co-operative alliance of learning agencies.

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