Peter Spyers-Duranand Thomas W. Mann Jr.
The essays printed in this volume were first presented at an international conference entitled "Contemporary Issues in Academic and Research Libraries," held at Boulder, Colorado, on February 28, 29 and March 1, 1984. The distinguished speakers and registrants represented a wide range of expertise including librarians, presidents, academic administrators, computer experts, and business executives from England, Canada, Australia, and the United States.
The conference papers raised many issues and questions stimulating and challenging the profession to seek new responses and new solutions to persistent and nagging issues in academic and research librarianship. The issues raised by the contributors can best be summarized by these two basic questions: Can academic and research libraries cope with the current technological, economic, and organizational issues that are bringing about rapid changes in information technology and information services? Will libraries require fundamental changes in order to remain operationally effective and economically viable? The full answer to these and other questions raised was not the purpose of the conference.
However, the reader will undoubtedly benefit from the wealth of information, advice, and experience shared by the distinguished contributors through these papers.