Libraries, the Internet, and Scholarship: Tools and Trends Converging

Libraries, the Internet, and Scholarship: Tools and Trends Converging

Libraries, the Internet, and Scholarship: Tools and Trends Converging

Libraries, the Internet, and Scholarship: Tools and Trends Converging

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Research libraries are in the midst of an identity crisis. They are being driven, both directly and more subtly, to be ''digital libraries.'' What does this mean, considering the indispensably wide range of services modern research libraries provide, and the diverse clientele they serve? With thousands of online databases, electronic journals and texts, online instructional tools, digitization projects, helpful Web pages, the ubiquitous massive online catalogs, and so much more available through the typical research library, are they not ''digital'' enough yet? In fact, haven't they been digital for quite some time? If so, why are libraries encountering so many difficulties in getting the word out? If not, what more must be done to achieve full digital library status?

Despite the tensions that arise from pressures to be digital, libraries must realize that their present struggle conceals

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