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Computers for Librarians. An Introduction to the Electronic by Stuart J. Ferguson and Rodney Hebels (Auth.)

By Stuart J. Ferguson and Rodney Hebels (Auth.)

Desktops for Librarians is aimed essentially at scholars of library and knowledge administration and at these library and data provider execs who believe the necessity for a ebook that might supply them a huge evaluate of the rising digital library. It takes a top-down procedure, beginning with functions resembling the web, info resources and providers, provision of entry to info assets and library administration platforms, prior to taking a look at information administration, computers and know-how, information communications and networking, and library structures improvement. It additionally offers a fascinating set of case reports, which support to place theoretical and technical concerns into context. desktops for Librarians could be learn as a survey of the place we're by way of the digital library, however it is usually meant as a tutorial source, and contains self-learning aids corresponding to studying targets, key words and assessment questions for every bankruptcy

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Scarecrow Press, Lanham, MD. html#overview>. The Internet and the Web 39 Deegan, M & Tanner, S 2002, Digitalfutures: Strategies for the information age. Library Association Publishing, London. Kochtanek, TR & Matthews, JR 2002, Library information systems: From library automation to distributed information access solutions. Libraries Unlimited, Westport, CT. Lankes, R D, McClure, C R, Gross, M & Pomerantz, J 2003, Implementing digital library services: Setting standards and making it real. Facet Publishing, London.

These hierarchical arrangements are sometimes referred to as subject trees. These are often better search tools for users who have a fairly well-defined topic on which they want information. It is also fair to say that because subject directories are compiled by humans there is a good chance an element of evaluation has gone into the selection, whereas search engines display search results based simply on a computation of some kind 26 Computersfor librarians (for example, frequency with which search terms occur in a document) and will even put to the top of the search results sites that pay for the privilege of being listed first.

Does your site provide access to subject pathfinders with links to recommended Web sites? Can the library patron interact directly with a reference librarian using e-mail, instant messaging, orchat? Is thelibrary adding content-rich information resources onan ongoing basis? (Kochtanek & Matthews 2002, p. 190-5). Finally the need for marketing and engaging the communityserved by the library should be emphasised. As David Lankes notes in his introduction to Implementing Digital Reference Services, the success stories, such as Cleveland Public Library's 24/7 service, the Internet Public Library and AskERIC, owe much to good marketing- 'These services are out there to be seen, targeted to their user base and not hidden twelve layers down on a Web site' (2003, p.

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