Emerging Issues in the Electronic Environment: Challenges for Librarians and Researchers in the Sciences

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This book examines the rapid advances in technology and scientific discovery that have changed the way sci/tech library users seek information—changes which have also necessitated increasingly high levels of skill in information technology and advanced subject knowledge from librarians. From negotiating the intricacies of working with e-journals to simplifying the data collection process, anyone involved in allocating library resources or prioritizing research agendas will find relevant, useful information here, ...
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Overview

This book examines the rapid advances in technology and scientific discovery that have changed the way sci/tech library users seek information—changes which have also necessitated increasingly high levels of skill in information technology and advanced subject knowledge from librarians. From negotiating the intricacies of working with e-journals to simplifying the data collection process, anyone involved in allocating library resources or prioritizing research agendas will find relevant, useful information here, as will those involved in library education.
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Reviewer: David A. Nolfi, MLS, AHIP (Duquesne University)
Description: The authors of this book chronicle the changes in scientific communication from a print to electronic model and examine the resulting challenges and opportunities. The 13 articles and introduction comprising this book were copublished simultaneously as Science & Technology Libraries, Volume 25, Numbers 1/2, 2004.
Purpose: Recognizing that science libraries are jumping head first into the new world of electronic publishing, the editor strives to inspire thinking and new research on how technology changes scientists' behaviors. Since increasingly large portions of library budgets are devoted to electronic resource subscriptions, examining electronic publishing's effects on the research process is essential and timely.
Audience: Although the primary audience is librarians, scientists too will benefit from the close examination of how electronic publishing changes methods of communication, discovery, and information dissemination. As science librarians and scientists, the authors are uniquely qualified to examine these issues from theoretical and practical perspectives.
Features: This book provides a worthwhile introduction to the issues facing any librarian supporting today's researchers. Its greatest contribution is its emphasis that librarians must continually update their assumptions and practices in order to meet researchers' changing needs in this evolving world. The authors make clear that the electronic publishing model affords librarians new ways of interacting with researchers as well as new methods for measuring the library's impact. Librarians who fail to actively embrace these changes and develop new ways to add value face the risk of being left behind.
Assessment: Emerging Issues in the Electronic Environment provides a worthwhile introduction to the issues facing any librarian supporting today's researchers. This work's greatest contribution is its emphasis that librarians must continually update their assumptions and practices in order to meet researchers' changing needs in this evolving world. The authors make clear that the electronic publishing model affords librarians new ways of interacting with researchers as well as new methods for measuring the library's impact. Librarians who fail to actively embrace these changes and develop new ways to add value face the risk of being left behind.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction (Jeannie P. Miller)
  • Scientific Communication: New Roles and New Players (Julie M. Hurd)
  • Too Important to Be Left to Chance—Serendipity and the Digital Library (Elizabeth B. Cooksey)
  • For Better or Worse: The Joys and Woes of E-Journals (Linda L. Eells)
  • Scan It and They Will Come . . . But Will They Cite It? (Michael Fosmire)
  • The Use of Online Supplementary Material in High-Impact Scientific Journals (Thomas Schaffer and Kathy M. Jackson)
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Bibliometrics in the Electronic Environment: The Case of the Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science (Tony L. Bremholm)
  • Information Overload: Keeping Current Without Being Overwhelmed (Patrick Sullivan)
  • The Impact of Electronic Bibliographic Databases and Electronic Journal Articles on the Scholar’s Information-Seeking Behavior and Personal Collection of "Reprints" (Robert B. McGeachin)
  • Biology Databases for the New Life Sciences (Katherine S. Chiang)
  • Map and Spatial Data Acquisitions in the Electronic Age (Joanne M. Perry)
  • The Virtual Patron (Lesley M. Moyo)
  • Webinar Technology: Application in Libraries (Karen J. Docherty and Angi Herold Faiks)
  • Preserving Digital Libraries: Determining "What?" Before Deciding "How?" (Jean Marie Deken)
  • Index
  • Reference Noted Included
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