Communicating and Networking in Astronomy Libraries

Uta Grothkopf

European Southern Observatory
Karl-Schwarzschild-Str. 2
85748 Garching

Marlene Cummins

University of Toronto
Astronomy Library
60 St. George St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3H8

This article was originally published in Organizations and Strategies in Astronomy II, Andre Heck, (ed.), Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, ISBN 0-7923-7172-0, pp. 207-219

© 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers.


This chapter reviews communication strategies applied in contemporary astronomy libraries. It focusses on contacts of individual librarians with colleagues, library users and publishers, as opposed to more formal methods of communication. While the most appropriate strategy may vary according to the librarian's function and role within an organization, communicating and networking among astronomy librarians in general is excellent and has led to numerous cooperative projects during the past two decades. We describe successes, problems, and trends around the world as well as barriers to effective communication. Some comparisons are made between developing and developed countries.

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