How are your library and its patrons adjusting to the challenges of the digital age?
This essential book examines how digital formats are changing libraries today, from the perspectives of librarians, vendors, and library users. Editor Sul Lee is an internationally recognized leader in library administration and management. The expansion of digital collections has been one of the foremost issues in the library field since the early 1990s, and this book addresses important questions about the impact of the digital age. Questions like:
- How will scholars and students react to digital formats?
- How will electronic resources change collection development?
- Will libraries stop buying print materials in favor of digital resources?
- Will libraries convert to only digital products or will they have to buy both electronic and print formats?
- Will academic libraries retain their central role in the university?
With chapters from leading academic deans and directors, directors of national organizations of library professionals, and book/serials vendors including Philip Blackwell, CEO of Blackwell Limited, this book explores:
- digital resources and technology
- digital books--and what they mean to libraries
- legislation on copyrights and intellectual property rights in the digital age
- electronic cooperation between libraries
- how digital technology can facilitate on-campus research partnerships
- the extent to which academic libraries are embracing electronic publications