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Improved Access to Information
Portals, Content Selection, and Digital Information

ISBN 9780789024459
Published June 9, 2004 by Routledge
158 Pages

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Book Description

Connect patrons with the information they seek with these promising electronic tools!

Improved Access to Information: Portals, Content Selection, and Digital Information focuses on how you can improve access to information using electronic reference resources. This book features nine of America’s leading library administrators who give their perspectives, observations, and stipulations on how to meet the research needs of patrons in a digital age. This timely resource is relevant to senior library administrators in the process of developing electronic tools and services.

Improved Access to Information addresses the current library issue of how to utilize scarce resources to provide an ever-increasing amount of electronic information to an ever-expanding user base. The use of portals and their advantages are discussed in detail and from the different perspectives of information providers and users. Several authors offer instructive graphs, tables, and other illustrations to emphasize their findings.

In Improved Access to Information, you’ll learn more about:

  • the variety of groups that libraries serve
  • cooperative collection development
  • the balance of print and electronic resources
  • the evolvement of collection development in libraries to the concept of knowledge development
  • the implementation of portals in research libraries
  • the factors influencing the selection of electronic resources
  • digitizing unique collections for preservation and improved access
The product of the 2003 University of Oklahoma Libraries annual conference, Improved Access to Information offers library administrators new approaches for overcoming the proliferation of electronic information and making it readily available to users. This book will help you provide essential research services to your users and secure your patron base.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Sul H. Lee)
  • For Whom Is the Library an Anchor? Observations on Library Portals (James Michalko)
  • If We Build It, Will They Come? Library Users in a Digital World (Lizabeth A. Wilson)
  • Ties That Bind: Non-Technological Measures for Promoting Persistent Access to Knowledge Resources (Bernard F. Reilly, Jr.)
  • Knowledge Management in Academic Libraries: Building the Knowledge Bank at Ohio State University (Joseph J. Branin)
  • Portals, Access, and Research Libraries (Mary E. Jackson)
  • Selectors, Subject Knowledge, and Digital Collections (Edward Shreeves)
  • Are We All Global Librarians Now? (Alice Prochaska)
  • Portals and the Human Factor: Bringing Virtual Services to the Life of the Mind or the Scholarly Stargate (Barbara I. Dewey)
  • The Recombinant Library: Portals and People (Lorcan Dempsey)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included

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