Magazine article Computers in Libraries

It's All on the Web, Isn't It?

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

It's All on the Web, Isn't It?

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The wired world is all caught up in electronic publishing, in its many forms. Regular people can post stuff on the Web. Scholars can get their work published on the Internet so it's disseminated more quickly. There are scads of scanning projects that are making old information dig ital. Dot-coms are building portals and trying to capture some market share of the surfing public.

Of course this is affecting libraries too, in many of the same ways. You're publishing on the Web, digitizing documents, and building portals and customized sites like everyone else. But you're also dealing with the deeper electronic publishing issues like copyright, archiving, e-books, and training. Oh, and you're trying to organize it all too.

With all these challenges, what state are libraries in today? Well, that's what this issue is all about. As usual, our articles run the gamut. First, our cover story is a good hard look at whether we should be digitizing at all. We have an Oxford scholar asking the question, "Digitization: Is It Worth It?" (p. 28). The time it takes to read this article is worth it.

OK, so once all the content is digitized and available, what are the best ways to go about building your collections? Jonathan Lord and Bart Ragon cover that question by telling the stories of how two different libraries handled the task. There are some good points and tips in this one, as well as a handy "electronic resource evaluation checklist" (p. …

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