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

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

by Jeannie P Miller
     
 

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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

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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, as will those involved in library education.

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Doody's Review Service
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.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789025777
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/2005
Series:
A Monograph Published Simultaneously As Science and Technology Libraries Series
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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Kevin Lindstrom
Kevin Lindstrom, MLIS, Physical Sciences & Engineering Librarian, Science & Engineering Division, Main Library, University of British Columbia
AN EXCELLENT STARTING POINT for further exploration. . . . Provides a glimpse into changes in scientific communication brought on by the Internet, the challenges for libraries in e-journal publishing and archiving, the emergence of the virtual patron, and the need for virtual instruction. Highlights include a thorough discussion of the issues and economics surrounding e-journal publishing and archiving as well as the impact that bundled e-journal subscriptions have on library acquisition budgets.
Lynne Rudasill
Lynne Rudasill, MSLS, Associate Professor of Library Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne
EXTREMELY USEFUL. . . . THOUGHT-PROVOKING AND WELL-WRITTEN. . . . Clearly articulates the issues that librarians and users from many disciplines will be grappling with in the years to come.

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