Change is a process marked by the alteration or substitution of one thing for another. A research library is a system made up of clients, library facilities, staff, collections and services, and a complex web of interrelationships, including those with other libraries, organisations and the wider political, social and economic environment (Buckland, 1988). Some changes are profound, affecting all parts of the system; some are more specific, affecting different parts. As this paper is one of four providing a university/research library perspective on the impact of change, I will concentrate on issues more specific to a large public research library charged with the care and continuing use of our documentary heritage. For the State Library of New South Wales, change is most evident in our clients, collections, capabilities and our relationship to the wider context.
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