The National Electronic Library: A Guide to the Future for Library Managers

Gary M. Pitkin
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - 192 Seiten
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The National Information Infrastructure will bring information to the doorstep of every household. Librarianship must respond to this development through the National Electronic Library. Librarianship as a profession must set the information agenda if it is to be a viable and influential entity in the electronic environment. Traditional library services are being redefined by technology, and the concept of the National Electronic Library must combine the roles of the academic institution, public enterprise, and library education. This professional reference is a guide to assist librarians in planning for the future.

The volume maintains that the growing electronic environment is driving a cultural transformation in which libraries must examine and understand what libraries have been, what they are, and what they need to be. Libraries need to participate actively in this transformation in order to remain the central providers of information and related services. The book explores the National Electronic Library as a concept and formal organization. Library services, collections, and the physical facility are examined in terms of present and future needs based on the rapidly changing electronic environment, and the volume relates the future management of information to administrative structures, constituencies, public and technical services, collection development, education, and strategic planning.


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A note of anxiety sounds throughout this collection of 12 articles, edited by the dean of university libraries at the University of Northern Colorado and author of The Impact of Emerging Technologies ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


The Environment Personified
Consortia and the National Electronic Library
The Academic Institution and the National Electronic Library
The Public Enterprise and the National Electronic Library
Library Education and the National Electronic Library
Facilities Services and Planning in the Revolutionized
The Architects Point of View
Collection Development in the Revolutionized Environment
Public Services in the Revolutionized Environment
Strategic Planning and the Allocation of Library Resources
Selected Bibliography

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Über den Autor (1996)

GARY M. PITKIN is Dean of University Libraries at the University of Northern Colorado. He has presented more than forty papers and seminars and serves as an international consultant on information management and technology, library automation and networking, operational costs and management, and organizational change and behavior. His many publications include The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Reference Service and Bibliographic Instruction (Greenwood Press, 1995).

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