ERIC Number: ED336106
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Electronic Library Services: Choosing the Library Future.
Ecelbarger, Louisa Kay
Many futurists envision that the development of information technology will greatly impact the libraries of tomorrow. In response to this prediction, the Montgomery County (Maryland) Department of Public Libraries conducted a study of key trends and issues that the Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) must consider if they are to remain a viable information resource in the 1990s. The main components of this review include a profile of the users of the 1990s; a scan of information technology and the trends in its development; an overview of where the Library's electronic systems are presently located; a look at funding prospects and alternatives; notes on potential changes on library organization and in the roles of librarians; four scenarios showing different library futures; 20 near-term recommendations for electronic services development; and an annotated bibliography of relevant materials. A subject index and glossary of terms are also provided. Appended to this report is a staff development package that corresponds to the previous sections. Included in this package are instruction sheets, assignments, and discussion question memoranda for participants in the MCPL staff development program. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Montgomery County Dept. of Public Libraries, Rockville, MD.
Identifiers: Maryland (Montgomery County)