World Libraries on the Information Superhighway: Preparing for the Challenges of the New Millennium

World Libraries on the Information Superhighway: Preparing for the Challenges of the New Millennium

John Carlo Bertot (University at Albany, State University of New York, USA) and Patricia Diamond Fletcher (University of Maryland Baltimore County, USA)
Release Date: July, 1999|Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 313
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-66-7
ISBN13: 9781878289667|ISBN10: 1878289667|EISBN13: 9781930708792
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Currently, little is known about library experience and success in providing Internet-based services to library patrons. Some studies conducted in the United States indicate that this is an area of great uncertainty, into which libraries are hesitant to venture. Issues such as planning, budgeting and costs, and types of services are some of the areas of concern.

World Libraries on the Information Superhighway: Preparing for the Challenges of the New Millennium explores issues of Internet-based services in libraries and provides practitioners and educators with examples of libraries that have achieved success in this important emerging information area.

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World Libraries on the Information Superhighway: Preparing for the Challenges of the Next Millennium"This book provides a fascinating look at the past and current impact and the future potential of IT in libraries worldwide. Much can be learned from this international group of authors who describe their journeys along the information superhighway, revealing many of the bumps and potholes, as well as successes, encountered along the way.""The international perspective of the book's contributors highlights both unique and common problems and goals. By sharing their histories and ideas for the future, they provide insight into the planning an implementation of future networked information resources and services that extend far beyond the library community.""Fletcher and Bertot have assembled an impressive and diverse group of contributors and provided perspectives ranging from applied to theoretical to technical. A fascinating look at the global evolution of information technology in libraries."

– Ruth V. SmallSchool of Information Studies, Syracuse University

The information superhighway crosses national boundaries and is global in nature. This book adopts an international perspective thus enabling the reader to get a sense of what different countries and service organizations are doing.

– Peter HernonSimmons College
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John Carlo Bertot is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science and Policy, University at Albany, State University of New York. He teaches courses in library technology planning and technology applications, telecommunications policy and information policy. He is the co-author, with Charles R. McClure of Moving toward More Effective Public Library Access: The 1998 National Survey of Public Library Outlet Internet Connectivity (United States National commission on Libraries and Information Science, 1999). With Charles R. McClure, Bertot has published several studies of U.S. and Victoria, Australia public library Internet connectivity as well as articles on the use of electronic networked resources by public and state libraries. Bertot and McClure are co-principal investigators for an U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership grant to develop national network statistics and performance measures for public libraries.
Patricia Diamond Fletcher is associate professor of Public Policy and Director of the Electronic Government Certificate Program at UMBC. She has done extensive research in the area of information resources management, including information policy and electronic government in federal, state and local governments in the U.S. She received a doctorate in information science from Syracuse University.
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