Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections: Tools for Library Users and Managers

Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections: Tools for Library Users and Managers

Diane M. Fulkerson (University of South Florida Polytechnic Library, USA)
Release Date: March, 2012|Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 234
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0234-2
ISBN13: 9781466602342|ISBN10: 1466602341|EISBN13: 9781466602359
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Description & Coverage
Description:

The growth of the Internet over the past 20 years has caused a fundamental shift in the way library materials are accessed.

Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections: Tools for Library Users and Managers is crucial to understanding these changes and the new expectations that library users have in the 21st century. Identifying, implementing and updating new technologies, understanding copyright and fair use laws, creating metadata for access to digital collections, and meeting user needs are just some of the topics covered in this volume. Libraries have become the electronic information commons of the new information age and this reference provides a vital exploration of the future, which is now.

Coverage:

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Copyright Protection
  • Course Management Software
  • Developing Online and Digital Collections
  • Limitations of Digitization
  • Mobile Technologies
  • Modern Library Users
  • Open Access
  • Remote Access Technology Problems
  • Social Networks
  • Virtual Libraries
Reviews & Statements

"...Easy to read, containing thorough discussions of the issues in short chapters. In addition to the general bibliography, each chapter contains its own list of references, allowing it to stand alone if need be, and it is well-indexed. As higher education in general, and libraries in specific, move forward in pace with technological developments, the demand for remotely accessible materials will only continue to grow; therefore, this book is vital reading not just for librarians who work directly with digital materials, but for academic librarians in all disciplines."

– Deborah DeGeorge, University of Michigan, College & Research Libraries

These 12 chapters authored by the Social Sciences and Education Librarian at the University of South Florida Polytechnic in Lakeland, Florida discuss in easy-to-understand language the various issues relating to remote access for library collections. [...]. This book is useful not only for librarians but also for anyone who serves distance students or patrons.

– Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual

This book is very well set out, and easy to read and to navigate with the chapter abstracts and the specific index. This is certainly a vital reference for all university and college library staff looking to develop a cohesive and comprehensive strategic plan for using technology to support student learning – and that surely means everyone currently in higher education. The aim of keeping libraries as an integral and irreplaceable part of the future research and academic world is capably boosted by this excellent volume.

– Helen Dunford, Tasmanian Polytechnic, Australian Library Journal

In this timely work for any librarian engaged in distance library services, Fulkerson examines the technologies that are essential for providing access to remote users, connecting them to physical as well as digital library resources in a readily-available and reliable manner. She describes how the growth of online distance education programs in higher education is integral to these remote access technologies and the ways in which academic librarianship has adapted and must continue to adapt to the needs of distant users. The author addresses important considerations such as assessing the needs of remote users, planning and implementing collection development for digital resources, maintaining copyright compliance in the online environment, and integrating social networking and mobile computing into operations for providing library resources at a distance. Fulkerson concludes by reflecting on the evolvement of these concerns and the possible long-term impact of online learning, remote access technologies, and digital resources on the future of academic libraries and library services.

– Marsha S. Hinnen, Columbia Southern University, 6th Bibliography of Library Services for Distance Learning
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Editor/Author Biographies
Diane Fulkerson is the Director of Information Commons/Assistant Librarian at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in Sarasota, Florida. She was previously employed at the University of West Georgia as a Reference and Instruction Librarian. She holds an MA in History from SUNY College at Brockport and an MLS from the University at Buffalo--SUNY. Before changing careers, Diane worked in corporate America for 20 years in customer service, purchasing, and Information Technology support positions. She is the author of the IGI Global title, Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections: Tools for Library Users and Managers.
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