By George Stachokas
Libraries and librarians were outlined by means of the publication all through sleek heritage. What occurs whilst society more and more we could print move in favour of storing, retrieving and manipulating digital info? What occurs after the ebook? After the e-book explores how the tutorial library of the twenty first Century is in the beginning a supplier of digital info companies. modern clients anticipate today’s library to supply details as fast and successfully as different on-line info assets. The ebook argues that librarians have to switch what they comprehend, how they paintings, and the way they're perceived that allows you to be triumphant in keeping with 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 talk about fixing difficulties via specialist identification and practise, prior to 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 could be reorganized to optimize digital source administration and knowledge companies according to modern expertise and person needs
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Many stores have been acquired by other companies or converted to other uses. Even the book stores that acquired this newly available retail space have been at pains to announce their presence in the e-book market (Rosen, 2011). The printed book market shrank in the UK by more than £40 million in the first half of 2013 (Stone and Farrington, 2013). One should consider the decline in retail for new print books as just one more phase of extended decline in using paper to store and retrieve information.
One notable example of this would be the ten-year study of serials usage at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine Library that showed an 85 percent decline in the usage of print from 1992 to 2002, including print journals that had no electronic counterpart (Rosati, 2006). Traditional librarians who preside over mainly physical collections are often loathe to admit it, but regular stacks and reading rooms without Internet access are increasingly study halls and refuges for those unfamiliar with computers.
They tend to reason that libraries have always tried to provide their users with the best information possible to meet their unique needs. Electronic resources are just text, art, music and other content in different containers that represent fundamentally the same information as in print resources while the work of the librarian has not really changed. This is an oversimplification, a variation of the cliché that there is nothing new under the sun. Through the lens of collections, electronic resources are fundamentally different in that the library no longer is a physical repository.
After the Book : Information Services for the 21st Century by George Stachokas