Creating Web-Accessible Databases: Case Studies for Libraries, Museums, and Other Nonprofits

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Creating Web-Accessible Databases: Case Studies for Libraries, Museums, and Other Nonprofits edited by Julie M. Still

ISBN: 1-57387-104-4

Published: 2001

Pages: 184; hardcover

Price: $39.50

Available from: Information Today, inc., 143 Old Marlton Pike, Medford, NJ 08055; 609/654-6266; http://www.infotoday.com.

I was disappointed in this book, edited by university reference librarian Julie Still. I was expecting to gain a better idea of the issues involved in mounting databases on the Web, and perhaps some technical tips. Instead, the book provides an uneven collection of case studies, discussions, and just general opinions.

Each chapter of the book is written by a different author--a few report on databases they have created and mounted (these tend to be the good chapters), while others discuss aspects of databases, such as metadata and user perceptions. There are many issues surrounding the decision to create a database and then to put it up on the Web. This book helps identify a number of them, but the discussions tend to be superficial and the novice may well end up more confused than before. …