The Network Reshapes the Library

The Network Reshapes the Library

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Since he began posting in 2003, Dempsey has used his blog to explore nearly every important facet of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale library management systems. More than just a commentary on the issue of the moment, the more than 1, 800 posts have offered thousands of readers valuable perspective and insight as well as a visionary approach to librariesa€™ future. In a compendium that library planners, administrators, and technology staff will find endlessly stimulating, Varnum offers an expertly curated selection of entries from Dempseya€™s blog. Showing where libraries have been in the last decade and also where theya€™re heading now, this book covers such keystone topics as Networked resourcesNetwork organizationThe research process and librariesa€™ evolving role, featuring the seminal post a€œIn the Flowa€Resource discoveryLibrary systems and tools such as search indices and OpenURL link resolversData and metadataPublishing and communication, including blogs, social media, and scholarly communicationLibraries, archives, museums, and galleries as a€œmemory institutionsa€The book concludes with a selection of favorites hand-picked by Dempsey himself. As one university librarian put it, Dempseya€™s a€œdual ability to explore an issue and to reveal the higher-order trends is spot-on for understanding our volatile environment.a€ That unique and thoughtful analysis is on full display in this book.This pleasure is also in contrast to the poverty of the Kindle collection experience. It is unclear to me why they do not do a better job of allowing you to manage collections in a congenial waya€”this seems like a big miss, but presumably theiranbsp;...

Title:The Network Reshapes the Library
Author:Lorcan Dempsey
Publisher:American Library Association - 2014


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