Document (#29502)

Author
Limb, P.
Title
Digital dilemmas and solutions
Imprint
Oxford : Chandos
Year
2004
Pages
200 S
Isbn
1-84334-040-2 (hb)
1-84334-039-9 (pb)
Abstract
Librarians face daunting challenges posed by recent trends in technology, publishing and education as the impact of a globalising information economy forces a rethink of both library strategic directions and everyday library operations. This book brings together the current main issues and dilemmas facing libraries; the book clearly shows how to deal with them, and provides a best-practice guide to solutions based an the most up-to-date thinking. Key Features - Provides analysis of recent trends and relevant and viable solutions to problems facing all librarians - Draws an the author's international and practical experience in libraries
Content
Readership The book will be useful for: staff at all managerial and supervisory levels within library and information services; students and staff in library/information studies courses (undergraduate and postgraduate); educationalists; publishers; and all people interested in recent information and digital trends. Contents The impact an libraries of a globalising information economy-trends in technology; publishing, and education; changes in the form and delivery of information; changes in the nature of library operations The information game - how to locate, acquire, present and manage information in the Internet age; how to manage print versus electronic formats; access versus ownership: resolving the dilemma in the short and Jong term Digital presentation and preservation - how best to apply digital technologies in library operations; how best to make available e-information: text, data-sets, and audio-visual; digital preservation: advantages and disadvantages; publish or perish?; a guide to digital publishing for the librarian User perspectives - attracting users to the library: physically and virtually; how best to teach users to exploit and evaluate the 'new library'; what reference and technical services users now want and how to provide them Financial constrains and solutions-escalating material budgets: digital solutions and illusions; staff and overhead costs: using digital applications for 'win-win' solutions; cooperation versus competition Professional and workplace challenges - coping with constant change; the technical and reference divide in the digital age; avoiding information overkill; balancing specialist and generalist skills among librarians Resolving ethical and legal dilemmas

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