The Role and Impact of the Internet on Library and Information Services

by Lewis-Guodo Liu


Examines how the Internet impacts library operations such as library administration, collection development, cataloging, interlibrary loan and document delivery, reference services, and bibliographic instruction.

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August 2001


Pages 350
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/General

Since that time, the literature on the Internet and its impact on and role in libraries and research has exploded. A simple keyword search in Library Literature and Information Index, a primary electronic index of library and information science research literature, retrieves over 6,500 items related to the Internet. The dominance of the Internet not only provides great opportunities for libraries to provide better services, but also poses tremendous challenges to librarians and library and information science scholars. This volume includes discussions of current issues and trends, written by scholars and practitioners in the fields of library and information science, computer science, and computer engineering.

Table of Contents

IntroductionThe History of the InternetA Brief History of the Internet by Barry M. Leiner, Vinton G. Cerf, David D. Clark, Robert E. Kahn, Leonard Kleinrock, Daniel C. Lynch, Jon Postel, Larry G. Roberts, and Stephen WolffThe Impact of the Internet on Library OperationsInternet and Library Administration by Arthur DowningThe Internet and Collection Development in Academic Libraries: Opportunities and Challenges by Thomas E. NisongerThe Impact of the Internet on Cataloging by William Wheeler and Mathew BeaconThe Impact of the Internet on Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Practice by Cindy KristofInformation Services in Electronic Communities by Bryce AllenBibliographic Instruction on the Internet by Gill AllenThe Impact of the Internet on Various Library and Information ServicesThe Emergence of Business Information Resources and Services on the Internet and Its Impact on Business Librarianship by Lewis Guodo LiuThe Internet and Government Information Services by Sherry EngelThe Internet and Information Services for the Sciences by Carolyn Mills and Jonathan NabeThe Changing Face of the Academic Media Center in the Age of the Internet by Mary Schneider LaskowskiArchives and the Internet by Sandra Roff and Anthony CucchiaraInternet Training in LibrarisInternet Training by D. Scott BrandtIndex



A good volume to lay the foundations of how the preconceptions of existing library practice ought to be challenges, and should be considered by all library practitioners.—The Journal of Academic Librarianship

...useful to researchers because of its theoretical nature and extensive bibliographies. Books such as this one that give an overview of the Internet's impact on libraries and include essays written by researchers, as well as practitioners, are especially important for all library and information science collections.—Association of College & Research Libraries

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