By George Stachokas
Libraries and librarians were outlined through the booklet all through glossy heritage. What occurs while society more and more shall we print pass in favour of storing, retrieving and manipulating digital details? What occurs after the e-book? After the booklet explores how the tutorial library of the twenty first Century is at the start a supplier of digital details prone. modern clients count on today’s library to supply info as fast and successfully as different on-line details assets. The e-book argues that librarians have to swap what they comprehend, how they paintings, and the way they're perceived for you to be successful in keeping with the phrases of this new paradigm. This name is based into 8 chapters. An advent defines the problem of digital assets and makes the case for locating suggestions, and following chapters hide diversions and part measures and the matter for libraries within the twenty first century. Later chapters talk about fixing difficulties via specialist id and instruction, ahead of ultimate chapters disguise 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 providers in line with modern know-how and consumer needs
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Extra info for After the Book : Information Services for the 21st Century
Boone has written about a paradigm shift for libraries from the perspective of a monastic culture in which print materials are protected to a marketplace that is capable of providing modern competitive services (Boone, 2003). Leaving aside the intrinsic value or potential use value of the information stored in these containers, the physical library (absent any electronic resources) is necessarily a physical repository. Generations of librarians have put great energy into developing and protecting growing collections of information objects for many years, sometimes even when the information contained in these objects is less than unique or considered of marginal value.
They also used very different tools, including A–Z lists such as EBSCO A-to-Z, SFX, and 360 Core for electronic journals, web pages for links to databases, and ultimately a separate electronic resources management system (ERM) that had developed entirely separately from the decades-old technology of the ILS used to manage print resources. Electronic resources management workflows included work such as gathering usage statistics, branding websites, and troubleshooting access problems (Stachokas, 2009).
Some units such as those that mainly handle physical warehouse functions must disappear as the library shifts to more electronic resources. Other units such as acquisitions or cataloging may find new life in transforming to meet the needs of electronic resources 25 After the Book management, although not with the same numbers of personnel required during the 1970s or other earlier phases of library development. Better, faster, cheaper with limited benefits The twenty-first century is, in many respects, witness to the most efficient business models and turnaround times for the management of print resources that libraries in the developed world have ever known.
After the Book : Information Services for the 21st Century by George Stachokas