Digital Library Use: Social Practice in Design and Evaluation

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Digital Library Use: Social Practice in Design and Evaluation

edited by Ann Peterson Bishop, Nancy A. Van House, and Barbara P. Buttenfield

ISBN: 0-262-02544-2

Published: 2004

Pages: 341 pp.; hardcover

Price: $40

Available from: The MIT Press, 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142-1493; 800/405-1619;

I really hate the phrase "digital library"-it has been used in so many contexts as to render it meaningless. Any collection of electronic information becomes its own digital library, yet what do we call a library that provides access to dozens of digital libraries? No matter what we call them, collections of electronic documents abound. This book, edited by three well-known academicians, is an attempt to evaluate the impact of existing products and projects on the lives of the users and keepers.

The 12 chapters are all written by different authors, again mostly academics with the vast majority affiliated with graduate library schools, and the book is divided into three parts. …


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