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This work skeptically explores the notion that the internet will soon obviate any need for traditional print-based academic libraries. It makes a case for the library's staying power in the face of technological advancements (television, microfilm, and CD-ROM's were all once predicted as the contemporary library's heir-apparent), and devotes individual chapters to the pitfalls and prevarications of popular search engines, e-books, and the mass digitization of traditional print material.
Posted October 16, 2007
This is one of the most important books yet written on libraries and their interplay with the web, and it is written by an academic librarian who has been around long enough to understand the web¿s value but wise enough to realize how excessive web reliance can destroy our culture. Here is some of what Fool¿s Gold covers: ** Numerous reasons why the nation can ill afford to discard the traditional library. ** The Web¿s biggest drawbacks: they may not be what you would expect. ** EBooks: They aren¿t what they¿re cracked up to be, and they may never catch on. ** Digitization Projects: plagued by low standards and copyright legalities. ** Scholarship and Accuracy: how anything-goes websites continually undermine truth and result in shallow scholarship. ** Literacy: how excessive web usage weakens reading skills at almost every level and in almost every school. *** This is a most read for librarians, web enthusiasts, and almost anyone interested in the nation¿s future. Get it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.