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


Foreword by Kakugyo S. Chiku

Part I: Perspectives on the Library of the Twenty-First Century

Scholarship, Information, and Libraries in the Electronic Age by Stanley Chodorow

The Impact of Information Technologies on the Role of the Research Libraries in Teaching and Learning in the United States by Elaine Sloan

The Life of the Mind in a World Transformed by Networks and Digital Libraries by Paul Evan Peters

What's Happening to the Book? by Richard A. Lanham

The Impact of Digital Technology on Libraries: A Chaotic Revolution by Jerry D. Campbell

The Future Value of Digital Information and Digital Libraries by Michael Lesk

Part II: Meeting the Challenges of the Digital Library

The Library as Provider of Digital Resources for Teaching and Scholarship by Ann J. Wolpert

Can We Afford Digital Information? Libraries? An Early Assessment of Economic Prospects for Digital Publications by Ann S. Okerson

Intellectual Property for an Information Society by Peter Lyman

The Uses of Digital Libraries: Some Technological, Political, and Economic Considerations by Donald J. Waters

Digital Preservation: An Update by Deanna B. Marcum

Impact of Digital Libraries on Library Staffing and Education by Rachael K. Anderson

Government Records in a Digital World by Peter B. Hirtle

A View on the Ecology of Information by Brian L. Hawkins

Part III: The Digital Library in the Service of Research and Education: Some Experiences

The Library of Congress's National Digital Library: Reaching Out to Schools and Libraries through the Internet by Laura Campbell

Toward Libraries' Digital Future: The Canadian Digital Library Experience by Leigh Swain and Susan Haigh

The Future of Libraries and Library Schools by Daniel E. Atkins

Redefining the University through Educational and Information Technologies: North Carolina State University, Its Libraries, and Distance Education by Susan K. Nutter

Re-engineering the Undergraduate Curriculum by Jack M. Wilson

The Internet Public Library: Development and Future by Joseph W. Janes

Public Libraries in the United States: Service to Business and Industry by Beverly P. Lynch

Prognosis on Becoming Digital: Digital Information, Global Networks, and Business Education by William D. Walker


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