ERIC Number: ED450765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Libraries without Resources: Towards Personal Collections.
Savenije, Bas; Grygierczyk, Natalia
The main function of the library of the future is to provide access to electronic sources stored elsewhere. In order to comply with the users' needs, therefore, flexible license scenarios are necessary. Another future function of the library will be to set up and maintain a personal alerting system and to assist users in organizing their own information, which should be integrated as much as possible in specific work processes of individual users. This means that the library of the future no longer provides a collection of information in the traditional sense of the term, but an access to that collection. The library's tools, facilities, and infrastructure enable users to create their own information systems: collections consisting of links to information sources relevant for their personal use. This paper begins with a section that discusses recent trends in library activities. The second section addresses access to electronic sources, including possibilities for providing access, workable variants for licenses for access to electronic information (i.e., free access, full licenses for well-defined user groups, and pay-per-view), and information retrieval and user interfaces. The third section describes services of the electronic library, including: search facilities; personal alerting system; personal homepage facilities; facilities for the integration of information services in the user's primary processes; and interactivity. The fourth section considers consequences for collection management. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Electronic Libraries, Futures (of Society), Information Retrieval, Information Technology, Library Collections, Library Development, Library Role, Library Services, User Needs (Information)
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla66/papers/015-134e.htm.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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