By George Stachokas
Libraries and librarians were outlined by way of the ebook all through sleek background. What occurs while society more and more shall we print move in favour of storing, retrieving and manipulating digital info? What occurs after the ebook? After the e-book explores how the educational library of the twenty first Century is before everything a supplier of digital details companies. modern clients count on today’s library to supply details as fast and successfully as different on-line info assets. The e-book argues that librarians have to switch what they comprehend, how they paintings, and the way they're perceived in an effort to prevail in response to the phrases of this new paradigm. This identify is established into 8 chapters. An advent defines the problem of digital assets and makes the case for locating options, and following chapters disguise diversions and part measures and the matter for libraries within the twenty first century. Later chapters talk about fixing difficulties via expert identification and instruction, earlier than ultimate chapters hide 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 may be reorganized to optimize digital source administration and knowledge prone in keeping with modern expertise and consumer needs
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Recognition of the dependence of the modern library on IT must be accepted in order to compete with other information professions and service providers. Building on existing innovations, librarians can work to change libraries, learn new skills, and convince users that fully electronic libraries constitute valuable assets worthy of their support. Key words: electronic library, electronic resources, paradigm shift, perceptions of librarians, professional identity, user expectations. Libraries have made some progress in terms of providing electronic resources, creating new positions with appropriate skill sets, and reorganizing work to serve users better.
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After the Book : Information Services for the 21st Century by George Stachokas