Library Trends 40 (4) Spring 1992: Electronic Information for the Humanities


Library Trends 40 (4) Spring 1992: Electronic Information for the Humanities. Edited by Mark Stover.

This issue of Library Trends is devoted to a discussion of the ways in which humanities scholars and librarians are working together (or not working together) in the electronic information movement. The scope of the issue includes all of the traditional disciplines in the humanities. Electronic information, for the purposes of this issue, refers primarily to textual information but does not categorically exclude images or sound. Indeed, although most humanists look to “the text” as their chief source of research, many humanities databases (especially of the hypermedia variety) also include images and sound as both primary source materials and as secondary background information. Some might even ask questions like, Why are words considered more important than non-words? Can the text of a historical document be placed into machine-readable form without image reproductions of pictures that originally appeared alongside the text and still retain its validity for research? Are musical scores “text”? These questions will not be answered definitively in this issue of Library Trends, but the research and library communities must ultimately deal with them.

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