- Subject Specialists in Academic Libraries and Subject Specialty Programs
- No.30, p.93-113
This paper reviews the subject specialists in academic libraries and subject specialty programs. The issue of the subject specialists in academic libraries has been discussed with the issue of the types of library organization such as subject divisionalism in American academic libraries and subject specialization in British academic libraries. Based on their historical background, the author clarifies the expected role of the subject specialists in recent years through the change of academic libraries and their environment.
After then, subject specialty programs are discussed, namely, the education for the subject specialists. Based on their historical background, the author reports the recent subject specialty programs, focuses on one of them; the joint-degree program, and clarifies its possibility as the subject specialty programs.
Finally, the subject specialists and the subject specialty programs in the recent information society and the recent trend of the education for library and information science are evaluated, and their futures are examined.
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