Negotiating space: a paradigm of decentralized library services

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English 
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2010 
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In 2003, New York Theological Seminary sold its library and began a series of negotiations for the use of other libraries and local resources. Relationships with the Burke Library and the Columbia system assured access to a world-class research library but did not provide necessary access to databases and other resources from students' homes or places of employment. By mapping information resources in the community and negotiating access to institutions, Library Services has successfully created a decentralized library, without incurring unwarranted expense for the seminary. Until this project, the NYTS negotiated library system has been undefined and has lacked a manual that maps networked information spaces and provides direction to available resources. In addition, Library Services has lacked an information literacy training manual that corresponds to the needs and realities of student lives, while remaining faithful to the mission of the seminary. In this project, I will investigate the concept of a negotiated library and will develop a paradigm of decentralized library services that is consistent with the vision of NYTS as a seminary without walls. The project will demonstrate how the negotiation of resources—information providers, computer access, broad information literacy training, and in-depth documentation—can create a sufficient, flexible, and inexpensive negotiated library that empowers individual students and transforms their ministries. 
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