ERIC Number: ED455842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
Issues for Libraries and Information Science in the Internet Age.
Shuman, Bruce A.
The immense changes wrought by the Internet pose many questions and dilemmas for today's librarians. The author's take on the Internet is one of an ever-evolving beast. The six chapters of this book take the reader from mastering the nature of the beast--including a discussion of online searching pitfalls and other more general hazards--to the intricacies of Internet ethics (i.e., copyright issues, privacy rights, spam), a listing of some of the best reference resources available online for librarians, and a final look at anticipating the future of the Internet. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the capabilities of the Internet, and Chapter 2 addresses some of the traps, pitfalls, hazards, problems, and concerns connected with Internet access. Chapter 3 examines the impact of the Internet on libraries. Chapter 4 looks at some of the multitudinous legal and ethical challenges that necessarily accompany Internet provision to patrons in libraries. Chapter 5 explores some of the subject content of the Web from a librarian's point of view, featuring selected lists of favorite, useful search engines and Web sites which libraries may find helpful in performing client-based research and in supplying information to the public. Chapter 6 discusses the problems of archiving the Internet's past and planning for an uncertain future. A selected glossary of Internet-related terminology, an alphabetical index of Web sites, and a bibliography are appended. Includes an index. (Contains 332 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Copyrights, Futures (of Society), Information Science, Information Technology, Internet, Librarians, Libraries, Online Catalogs, Online Searching, Online Systems, Privacy
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
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