Development of Digital Libraries: An American Perspective / Edition 1

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Every year, leading librarians, scholars, and administrators from the United States are invited to give papers on important library-related topics at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology's Roundtable. From 1995 to 1999, some aspect of digital library development was the theme of the symposium, and the essays in this collection are all devoted to that topic.

In these essays, some of the most innovative thinkers and practitioners discuss how digital libraries have been conceived and implemented in the United States. Insight into the policy, legal, and technical frameworks of digital libraries is given, while honest views of problems encountered in trying to integrate digital and traditional libraries are given. Finally, some of the essays explore how users are affected by digital library services.

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A collection of 22 papers on the digital library that were presented from 1994 to 1998 at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT) international roundtable on library and information science. The contributors place digital libraries in the context of higher education and other library services, address the challenges posed by digital libraries, and document the practical experiences of major institutions that have launched digital library initiatives. Topics include the life of the mind in a world transformed by networks and digital libraries, intellectual property policy for an information society, the impact of digital libraries on library staffing and education, and the Canadian digital library experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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DEANNA B. MARCUM is President of the Council on Library and Information Resources in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

Figures and Tables
I Perspectives on the Library in the Twenty-First Century 1
1 Scholarship, Information, and Libraries in the Electronic Age 3
2 The Impact of Information Technologies on the Role of Research Libraries in Teaching and Learning in the United States 16
3 The Life of the Mind in a World Transformed by Networks and Digital Libraries 26
4 What's Happening to the Book? 40
5 The Impact of Digital Technology on Libraries: A Chaotic Revolution 49
6 The Future Value of Digital Information and Digital Libraries 63
II Meeting the Challenges of the Digital Library 83
7 The Library as Provider of Digital Resources for Teaching and Scholarship 85
8 Can We Afford Digital Information? Libraries? An Early Assessment of Economic Prospects for Digital Publications 95
9 Intellectual Property Policy for an Information Society 109
10 The Uses of Digital Libraries: Some Technological, Political, and Economic Considerations 127
11 Digital Preservation: An Update 148
12 The Impact of Digital Libraries on Library Staffing and Education 155
13 Government Records in a Digital World 170
14 A View on the Ecology of Information 187
III The Digital Library in the Service of Research and Education: Some Experiences 211
15 The Library of Congress's National Digital Library: Reaching Out to Schools and Libraries through the Internet 213
16 Toward Libraries' Digital Future: The Canadian Digital Library Experience 225
17 The Future of Libraries and Library Schools 244
18 Redefining the University through Educational and Information Technologies: North Carolina State University, Its Libraries, and Distance Education 253
19 Re-engineering the Undergraduate Curriculum 272
20 The Internet Public Library: Development and Future 283
21 Public Libraries in the United States: Service to Business and Industry 304
22 Prognosis on Becoming Digital: Digital Information, Global Networks, and Business Education 316
Index 333
About the Contributors 345
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