The Enduring Library : Technology, Tradition, and the Quest for Balance

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The Enduring Library : Technology, Tradition, and the Quest for Balance

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 157 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780838908464
  • DDC分類 021.2

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Librarians are experts at selecting, evaluating and disseminating the best content in the most appropriate format to meet the needs of library users. New technologies can be invaluable tools in these efforts. Taking advantage of these technologies does not, however, change the fundamental mission of libraries everywhere. In this work, one of the library world's thinkers discusses the transformative effect that communications technology has had on information delivery from past to present to future. By tracing these transformations, Michael Gorman writes a roadmap for achieving balance between the tradition of library service and ever-changing technology. Exploring both opportunities and perils, Gorman points the way to: integrating technology into long- and short-term goals; rethinking reference work, to direct users to the highest quality sources available; revamping cataloguing through technology to improve user access; reinvigorating the library's role in promoting literacy; and relieving techno-stress to achieve peace of mind, harmony and stability.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    vii
Introduction ix
Libraries and Communications Technology
The Way We Live Now: Libraries Today 1 (13)
Communications Technology, 1875 to Now 14 (13)
Communications Technology and Libraries 27 (13)
Today
Reading and the Web
Reading in a Digital World 40 (12)
The Nature of the Web 52 (14)
Library Work and the Future of Libraries
Reference Work in Technologically Advanced 66 (16)
Libraries
Cataloguing in the Twenty-First Century 82 (13)
Challenges of the Future 95 (15)
The Future of Libraries: A Research Agenda 110(12)
Overcoming Stress and Achieving Harmony
Information Overload and Stress: The 122(12)
Ailments of Modern Living
Seeking Harmony and Balance 134(15)
Index 149