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Marilyn Deegan , Simon Tanner

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12 Dec 2001 1856044114 978-1856044110
The strategic issues in realizing a digital future for libraries in the information age are very complex. With the rapid expansion of the Internet and electronic communication media, the work of information gathering, storage, and transmission is presenting fresh challenges to all those responsible for preserving and making accessible the information needs and cultural memory of society. "Digital Futures: Strategies for the Information Age" looks at how librarians and other information workers can develop the means to locate the electronic resources most relevant to the needs of their users, integrate these resources into the infrastructure of their institutions, manage the necessary technology, and anticipate future trends in the digital age. The text is relevant to the needs of libraries and information organizations of all types - educational, public, and corporate - and includes guidance on: digital futures in current contexts; why digitize?; developing collections in the digital world; the economic factors; resource discovery, description and use; developing and designing systems for sharing digital resources; portals and personalization: mechanisms for end-user access; preservation; digital librarians: new roles for the information age; and digital futures. A full bibliography is provided, together with a helpful glossary. This is an indispensable guide for all information managers and archivists needing to keep abreast of developments in communications technologies, manage change in the library environment, and implement new modes and methods of resource management. Others in the information and culture world, such as museum curators, media professionals and web content providers will also find it essential reading, as will students of digital culture on library and information studies and other courses.

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A fascinating and absorbing book, by two authors who know their subject well. -- Internet Resources Newsletter, Issue 89, February 2002

An excellent overview of the state of affairs in digital libraries... Digital Futures should be required reading. -- D-Lib Magazine, April 2002

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Marilyn Deegan PhD FRSA is Digital Resources Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at Oxford University, and has been instrumental in the establishment of the Oxford Digital Library. Formerly Manager for Computing in the Arts at Oxford University, she was also Professor of Electronic Library Research at De Montfort University. She is Editor of Literary and Linguistic Computing, the Journal of the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, published by Oxford University Press, and Co-Director of the Office for Humanities Communication based at King's College London. Simon Tanner BA(Hons) ALA is Senior Consultant at the Higher Education Digitisation Service at the University of Hertfordshire. Formerly Head of Library Services at Rolls-Royce and Associates, he has held information and IT posts at IBM and the Pilkington Library, Loughborough University. His consultancy activities have centred upon digitization, project management and digital library development for clients such as the British Library, the Royal Academy of Arts and Denmark's National Electronic Research Library. He also advises a number of European initiatives and the New Opportunities Fund digitization programme.

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