Paper to Digital: Documents in the Information Age

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Is the paperless society really possible? What is the future of paper in the Digital Age?

Based on extensive statistics and six separate surveys, Paper to Digital explores the evolution and changing characteristics of documents in the Information Age. Resultant implications are studied through the examination of emerging issues in the digital environment.

This timely book represents a useful and scholarly exploration of a major concern in our society.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Liu's chapters are expansions of articles he has written for information science journals, but he manages to tie them together well."


College & Research Libraries News

"Liu's well-written book is a compilation of his previously published articles. . . The quality of Liu's previous articles and thus the quality of this work is high. . ."


Collection Management

"This discussion of a complex and important issue is accessible and fascinating. Librarians at all stages of their careers and in all types of organizations will find much here regarding the forces shaping our present realities and our future."


Education Libraries

"Paper to Digital contains a fascinating series of studies that investigate the history and future of the document, the paperless society, and the impacts of the change from paper to digital…Liu maintains a scholarly tone that is neutral but engaging. His writing can be easily read and understood by readers who are not academics. Librarians, information scientists, and scholars who are interested in the history and future of the book will be particularly interested in this work."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586203
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/30/2008
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

DR. ZIMING LIU received his Ph.D. in library and information studies at the University of California at Berkeley in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at San Jose State University in 2000, he was a research scientist at Ricoh California Research Center and a visiting faculty member at the University of Washington. He has published numerous papers in top-tier scholarly journals such as Annual Review of Information Science and Technology (1995), Communications of the ACM (2000; 2003), Information Processing and Management (2003; 2004; 2006), Journal of the American Society for Information Science (1996; 1997), and Journal of Documentation (1997; 2004; 2005).

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Table of Contents

Foreword Michael Buckland Buckland, Michael
1 Introduction 1
2 The Evolution of Documents and Its Impacts 9
3 Trends in Transforming Scholarly Communications 23
4 Trust in the Preservation of Digital Information 39
5 Reading Behavior in the Digital Environment 53
6 Gender Differences in the Online Reading Environment 71
7 Perceptions of the Credibility of Scholarly Information on the Web 83
8 Cultural Differences in Credibility Assessment 103
9 Print versus Electronic Resources: User Perceptions, Preferences, and Use 117
10 The Future of Paper in the Digital Age 139 Index 151
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