Fool's Gold: Why the Internet is No Substitute for a Library

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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.

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takes a critical look at the assumptions and the hype...not a Ludditerant but rather a reasoned discussion of the tangible benefits a library can provide...a reminder of the teaching function of libraries, and not just their technological function
Against the Grain
opens a larger discussion about the quality of knowledge that can be gained in a library versus what may seem a random collection of information found online...explicates the issues that surround both the betterment and the drawbacks provided by the Web in library services...valuable
Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786430826
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/8/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Y. Herring is the dean of library services at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. His work has appeared in American Libraries and Library Journal and many other publications.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    Libraries, the Internet and the Future: Must Reading!

    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.

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