After the Book : Information Services for the 21st Century by George Stachokas

By George Stachokas

Libraries and librarians were outlined through the booklet all through glossy historical past. What occurs while society more and more shall we print move in favour of storing, retrieving and manipulating digital info? What occurs after the publication? After the booklet explores how the educational library of the twenty first Century is firstly a supplier of digital details companies. modern clients anticipate today’s library to supply details as speedy and successfully as different on-line info assets. The publication argues that librarians have to swap what they be aware of, how they paintings, and the way they're perceived which will be triumphant in accordance with the phrases of this new paradigm. This name is dependent into 8 chapters. An creation 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 speak about fixing difficulties via expert id and practise, ahead of 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 might be reorganized to optimize digital source administration and data companies in accordance with modern expertise and person needs

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Teaching users how to evaluate information, optimize the use of online discovery tools, and manage their data are all natural extensions of information literacy work pioneered by librarians, but experts in pedagogy, information architects, and usability specialists from other disciplines will also want to weigh in on these important subjects and may also find institutional homes on campus outside the classroom. Competition is a good thing and given the complexity of some problems it is only natural that multiple disciplines may pursue answers, but librarians will need to constantly map out and protect their role as information specialists in the online world in a way that was unnecessary in the print era.

2007: pp. 166–7) Print fetishism: information as object Information in the physical library is quite literally an object, a printed book, a periodical, a reel of microfilm, a map, or even a DVD. Morell D. 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. Ranganathan’s (1963) third law of library science “every reader his [or her] book,” not to mention his fifth law, “The library is a growing organism,” have been taken quite literally in collection development. Electronic resources 34 The need to accept a paradigm shift require libraries to take a different approach to collection development and other information services.

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