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Title:Electronic libraries and electronic librarians: Who does what in a national electronic community
Author(s):Schatz, Bruce R.
Subject(s):Networked information
Abstract:This talk will have two parts: First, I'm going to describe very briefly what this new kind of library technology is like through a discussion of the Worm Community System (WCS), why it is going to be very important, and why it will involve a lot of money. What I want to emphasize at the start is that while WCS may seem like an esoteric research project, in fact it is one of the flagship information projects funded by the National Science Foundation. In addition, the National Information Infrastructure Act looms in the immediate future, authorizing an enormous amount of money to be spent in the development of digital libraries in specialized areas. Digital libraries will require information systems like WCS. This project has become a national model of this new kind of information system, but its primary content is really just a special collection, in the same sense you already know. It is an important national effort, but there will be lots of other efforts like this in many different subject areas. Second, I'm going to discuss in more detail what kinds of people are required to do this kind of activity. The roles range from traditional librarians all the way to systems architects. Similarly, the roles range from those that involve no computer knowledge at all to those that involve very intensive computing. My expectation is that people who call themselves "librarians" in the foreseeable future will actually span this entire range, even though now they are significantly skewed towards the traditional end.
Issue Date:1994
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info:Schatz, B. (1994) Electronic libraries and electronic librarians: who does what in a national electronic community. In Ann P. Bishop (ed) Emerging Communities: Integrating Networked Information into Library Services [Papers presented the 1993 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 4-6, 1993]: 264-274.
Series/Report:Emerging communities : integrating networked information into library services [papers presented the 1993 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, April 4-6, 1993]
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-03-18

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