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Civil engineering in a time of change: the response of the Institution of Civil Engineers LibraryRapid changes over the past decade in the UK public and academic library landscapes havebeen reflected in changes in special and learned society libraries. While the former sectorsbeen widely researched and reported on in the UK by JISC, SCONUL, MLA, etc., the sameis not true of the special engineering sector. In a period characterised by the disappearance oftraditional libraries and their partial replacement by knowledge management systems and anaïve belief in the power of Google, engineering societies have considered alternativeresponses to the emerging library world. With specific reference to the Institution of CivilEngineers, the UK’s oldest engineering library, the sustainability of these approaches isconsidered. While some UK membership bodies have turned exclusively to electroniccontent to support professional qualification, others continued with more traditional media.The Institution of Civil Engineers pioneered the retrospective cataloguing of its collections,and the indexing of all its publications. This was followed by the digitisation of all itsProceedings long ahead of, for example, the Royal Society of London. At the same timecollecting the archives of engineering firms has enabled the growth of its historic collectionsat a time when many companies have discarded their heritage.
Chrimes, M. M. (2011, June), Civil Engineering in a Time of Change: The Response of the Institution of Civil Engineers Library Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/17607
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