Library Trends 49 (2) Fall 2000: Assessing Digital Library Services


Library Trends 49 (2) Fall 2000: Assessing Digital Library Services. Edited by Thomas A. Peters.

The articles in this issue attempt to lay a foundation for the potentially large diverse field of assessing digital library services. As one would expect, this group of articles raises more questions than it answers. Online environments in general, and digital library environments in particular, continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Imagine trying to provide reference desk service in a physical library while the architect changes her or his mind about the basic disposition of the edifice. Imagine trying to serve a populace that is still formulating its basic expectations about the environment in which the service is provided. These are the challenges faced by the profession as we develop assessment programs for digital library public services.

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