ERIC Number: ED452882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Oct
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The Network Becomes the Library: The Need for Supportability.
This paper begins with a discussion of outsourcing. The first section summarizes an Australian Computer Society paper on information technology outsourcing, including reasons for outsourcing and critical issues. The second section discusses the outsourced library, including: the use of the Internet to deliver services; replacement of the library with a remotely delivered service; provision of online services by specialist information services run from computer systems located anywhere in the world; the need for standards-based systems; the use of XML (Extensible Markup Language) as a format for metadata; the ongoing need to cope with multiple standards; and the role of libraries in ensuring future access to digital materials. The third section addresses the use of the Linux operating system to provide database and World Wide Web transaction processing systems for library applications. The fourth section considers what is left for the library to do, including the library's role in creating a more diverse publishing system by supporting open standards and in helping to mitigate the problems of consolidation of global corporate publishing. The fifth section covers the role for the library, including providing access to the Internet for the community and access to information for the disabled. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Disabilities, Electronic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Internet, Library Role, Library Services, Publishing Industry, Standards, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
For full text: http://www.alia.org.au/conferences/alia2000/proceedings/tom. worthington.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia