ERIC Number: EJ858826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 2
The Internet Is Not the Library
Verdesca, Anthony F.
Journal of Access Services, v6 n3 p418-422 2009
In the not too distant past, libraries kept a vertical file of printed materials that typically consisted of newspaper and magazine clippings, pamphlets, brochures, maps, photographs, and sundry whatnots. Most, if not all, of these materials were irregularly published or they were not published in any official manner. They were seen as incidental to, certainly not a replacement of, the library. Similarly, the Internet can be seen as incidental to the library, certainly not its replacement. What the Internet certainly is, though, is the platform upon which the library's tools, the catalog and indexes, for example, operate. It supports the print collection as well as the librarians' efforts to support reading and learning. A library is a place where knowledge is organized according to established principles so that it becomes serviceable to its patrons; so then the Internet's value as a tool is that it supports the library in providing such organization and acting as a conduit for bibliographic and scholarly content. This author explains why, despite its proven utility and versatility, and its overwhelming popularity among students, the Internet is not a library, nor should it be mistaken for one.
Descriptors: Printed Materials, Internet, Library Services, Library Role, Influence of Technology, Student Attitudes, Library Automation, Library Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Media Staff
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