ERIC Number: ED478084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
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In a Do-It-Yourself World, Who Needs Librarians?
Wilson, Scott J.
This paper looks at the importance of librarians with the current availability of online information. The first section summarizes the author's observations of online research in special libraries in the 1980s. The second section presents his observations of the current situation, using examples from the Los Angeles Times Editorial Library, including the Library's intranet, which offers over 1,000 Internet links organized into subject categories, fee-based resources, and customized databases is described, as well as classes and "brown bag" lunch sessions providing training on using these resources to staff. The third section discusses 4 issues that were present in the 1980s and continue to limit end-users from doing their own research: time, money, technical capabilities, and searching skill. (MES)
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Librarians, Library Role, Library Services, Newspapers, Online Searching, Special Libraries, Training, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
For full text: http://www.sla.org/content/Events/conference/2002annual/ confpap2002/papers2002conf.cfm/.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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