The Whole Digital Library Handbook


Essential facts, advice, lists, documents, guidelines, lore, wit, and wisdom: Along with fun and irreverence, it's what readers have come to expect from the Whole Library series. This latest entry zooms in on the cutting edge — the digital library. In a one-volume compendium that's by turns encyclopedic, useful, and engaging, contributors provide an overview of digital libraries, covering the state of information, issues, customers, challenges, tools and technology, ...

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Essential facts, advice, lists, documents, guidelines, lore, wit, and wisdom: Along with fun and irreverence, it's what readers have come to expect from the Whole Library series. This latest entry zooms in on the cutting edge — the digital library. In a one-volume compendium that's by turns encyclopedic, useful, and engaging, contributors provide an overview of digital libraries, covering the state of information, issues, customers, challenges, tools and technology, preservation, and the future. From blogs to Wikis, highlights include:
• Digitization project planning tips and tools
• 13 ways of looking at digital preservation
• Gary Price's 8 tips to make change
• The value proposition of the digital library
• Lists of Internet libraries, libraries that I.M., libraries that podcast
• Interpretations of NextGen demographic data
• Prominent librarians' perspectives on Amazoogle Collecting insights from library luminaries as well the perspectives of interesting experts from outside the ranks of library professionals, The Whole Digital Library Handbook decodes the jargon and cuts to the chase. Digital libraries are all about access to information, and this is the one-volume resource that puts it all in perspective.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909263
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
A Digital Library Is...     2
The Invisible Library   Christine Borgman     4
What Are Digital Libraries?   Donald J. Waters     5
What Is Digital Information?   Abby Smith     8
Back to the Future   Richard De Gennaro     9
The New Cybrarians   Joseph Janes     15
Libraries as Places to Linger and Mingle   Alex Wright     17
Research Libraries Ponder: What's Next?   Deanna B. Marcum     18
The Digital Library Federation: Membership Has Its Privileges     24
What Becomes a Leader Most?   Karin Wittenborg     27
Which Came First?   Lorrie Lejeune     33
Reference in the Digital Age   Anne G. Lipow     38
Primary Resources at Your Fingertips   Roy Rosenzweig     43
Shelve under E   Scott Carlson     48
Value Propositions   Chris D. Ferguson   Charles A. Bunge     51
Glossary of Terms$dCalifornia Digital Library     56
Growing Up Digital   John Seely Brown     68
Nothing but Net   Diana Oblinger   JamesOblinger     71
Chips and Dips: Educating and Serving the Net Generation   Stephen Abram   Judy Luther     76
Net Gains   Steve Jones     83
Emerging Roles   Gary Marchionini   Hermann Maurer     86
Origin of the Species   Daniel Greenstein   Suzanne Thorin     90
Diffuse Libraries   Wendy Pradt Lougee     92
Digital Collections, Digital Libraries, and the Digitization of Cultural Heritage Information   Clifford Lynch     96
Intermediate Consumers   Lorcan Dempsey     98
Advanced Photo Shop   Scott Carlson     100
Cautionary Tales: Part One   Paul B. Gandel     103
Cautionary Tales: Part Two   Geoffrey Nunberg     106
Strength in Numbers   William Y. Arms     108
Who Uses What?   Amy Friedlander     111
Turn On before Using   Scott Carlson     113
The Tipping Point   Jerry D. Campbell     114
The Case against Information Literacy   Stanley Wilder     117
How They View Us: Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources     120
The Landscape
The Public Trust   Robert Putnam     124
Wagging the Tail   Chris Anderson     128
Libraries by the Tail   Tom Storey     139
Phoning Home Alone   Christine Rosen     142
Keystone Cops   Bonnie Nardi     145
Our Computers, Ourselves   Sherry Turkle     150
Managing the Internet   Marylaine Block     155
Growing Pains   Sharon Gray Weiner     161
Net Generation Students and Libraries   Joan K. Lippincott     166
Viewing Patterns$dOnline Computer Library Center     171
"Is What's Past, Prologue?"   Donald Hawkins     176
Net Effects   Greg Notess     178
Famine or Feast?   Paul B. Gandel   Richard N. Katz     182
From a Distance   Ron Chepesiuk     187
Law Review   Jennifer Burek Pierce     191
The Market
What We Know Will Hurt Us   Joseph Janes     198
Internet Searching Gets Thumbs Up   Deborah Fallows     199
Et Tu, Yahoo!?   George Plosker     201
Fear No Evil   Gary Price     206
Scanning the Horizon   Gordon Flagg     206
As Google Goes...   Gordon Flagg     208
Google, the Khmer Rouge, and the Public Good   Mary Sue Coleman     209
Scribes of the Digital Era   Jeffrey R. Young     218
Apples and Oranges   Anne R. Kenney   Nancy Y. McGovern   Ida T. Martinez   Lance J. Heidig     222
Web Value   Greg Notess     225
The User Is Not Broken: A Meme Masquerading as a Manifesto   Karen G. Schneider     232
Invasion of the Pod People   Christine Rosen     233
Striking a Balance   Marshall Breeding     235
Getting the Goods   Buff Hirko     238
Where's Wiki???     241
Sticky Wikis   Paula Berinstein     242
Playing Well with Others   Kim Guenther     249
Caught in the Webbing   Marshall Breeding     251
Defining Findability   Peter Morville     255
Internet Libraries     259
Ten Tips for a Better Blog   Rebecca Blood     262
Blog Beginnings   Rebecca Blood     264
The Blog Files   Lee Rainie     267
Coming Soon: Doing Research with Your Cell Phone   Scott Carlson     269
Digital Library Services for All   Lori Bell   Tom Peters     271
The Future of e-Books   Lynn Silipigni Connaway     276
iPods Add Wow Factor   Michael Stephens     281
More on Pod People   Sheri Crofts   Jon Dilley   Mark Fox   Andrew Retsema   Bob Williams     285
Wireless Libraries and Wireless Communities: Why?   Stephen Abram     289
IM the Walrus   Aaron Schmidt   Michael Stephens     294
I Am the Very Model of Computerized Librarian   Diane M. O'Keefe   Janet T. O'Keefe     300
Starting Out   Abby Smith     301
Principles for Good Digital Collections   Timothy W. Cole     302
Just Say the Word   Karen Coyle     305
Starting a Digitization Project$dCollaborative Digitization Program     309
Technical Infrastructure/Image Creation$dDepartment of Preservation and Conservation, Cornell University Library     313
Factors to Consider When Choosing Digital Formats   Caroline Arms   Carl Fleischhauer      314
Digitization = Access   Abby Smith     318
Going Where the Users Are   Jeffrey Penka     321
Chatting It Up   Buff Hirko     326
Making Chat Work Better   Steve Coffman   Linda Arret     328
Copyright Need-to-Know Basics   June Besek     330
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States   Peter B. Hirtle     336
Why Librarians Care about Copyright   Carol Henderson     340
Digitization Is Not Preservation-at Least Not Yet   Abby Smith     342
Thirteen Ways of Looking at Digital Preservation   Brian Lavoie   Lorcan Dempsey     345
Strategies for Preserving Digital Content   Abby Smith     358
The Key to LOCKSS: An Interview with Victoria Reich, Director, LOCKSS Program   Cris Ferguson     363
The Future
Reinventing the Library   Geoffrey Freeman     370
The Third Law   Michele V. Cloonan   John G. Dove     374
Keeping It Open   Nancy Kranich     378
A Modest Proposal   Roy Tennant     387
Looking for Bucks   Bill Becker      392
Getting the Right Stuff   Jill Ann Hurst     397
Tips for Managing E-Resources   Marilyn Geller     402
Index     409
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