Libraries that support military patrons often face unique challenges. One of the most traumatic is the temporary transfer, or sudden deployment of members of the university community, often in the middle of an academic term, sometimes without notice or adequate preparation time. Not too long ago such an event would almost certainly have interrupted if not altogether halted students’ academic progress until they could return to the parent institution. Technology now in place has allowed many of these students to continue their education regardless of their physical locations, and libraries will have to improvise with regard to the delivery of resources and materials to the “sharp end of the spear”.
Journal of Library Administration
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Murphy, E. (2009). Delivery to the Sharp End of the Spear: Responding to the Need for Library Support to the Deployed and Downrange Military Community. Journal of Library Administration, 49(1-2). Retrieved from https://commons.erau.edu/hunt-library-staff-works/11