By George Stachokas
Libraries and librarians were outlined via the booklet all through sleek historical past. What occurs while society more and more shall we print cross in favour of storing, retrieving and manipulating digital details? What occurs after the e-book? After the publication explores how the educational library of the twenty first Century is initially a supplier of digital details providers. modern clients count on today’s library to supply info as fast and successfully as different on-line details assets. The booklet argues that librarians have to switch what they be aware of, how they paintings, and the way they're perceived so as to be successful in response to the phrases of this new paradigm. This name is dependent into 8 chapters. An advent defines the problem of digital assets and makes the case for locating strategies, and following chapters conceal diversions and part measures and the matter for libraries within the twenty first century. Later chapters speak about fixing difficulties via expert identification and coaching, ahead of ultimate chapters conceal reorganizing libraries to serve clients, adapting to shortage, and the ‘digital divide’.
- Describes how digital assets represent either a problem and a chance for libraries
- Argues that librarians can re-define themselves
- Puts the case that libraries could be reorganized to optimize digital source administration and knowledge prone in accordance with modern know-how and consumer needs
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Extra info for After the Book : Information Services for the 21st Century
Organizational structures tended to remain conservative with most librarians working in public or technical services. The hybrid library began in the 1990s as electronic resources, mostly online journals, were offered to users and libraries developed websites. This phase arguably is ending only now as new fully electronic libraries are developed and other libraries begin to phase out their print collections. As discussed earlier in this book, the hybrid library assumes a mixed collection of physical and virtual materials.
Viable libraries will be expected to manage, if not directly store, increasing amounts of data and other electronic information, not just academic journals or e-books. Negotiating contracts for electronic resources, applying metadata to locally created collections, advising 36 The need to accept a paradigm shift vendors about outsourced metadata, troubleshooting access problems, setting up new software, and maintaining a strong IT infrastructure are just some of the many roles for technical services that are expanding, not diminishing in importance.
Public libraries will face similar options, but with the important caveat that it might be somewhat more difficult to find partners in space conversion and other arrangements. Many public libraries are already located in close proximity to other community centers or points of interest, but some are isolated. Fully electronic libraries may want to consider relocating to shopping malls, other shopping districts, government buildings, or near schools where their libraries have been forced to shut down due to budget cuts.