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    Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age

    ISBN-10: 1843347237
    ISBN-13: 9781843347231
    Author(s): David Baker, Wendy Evans
    Description: Digital information is a constantly evolving field. Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age summarises and presents key themes, advances and trends in all aspects of digital information today, exploring the impact of developing technologies  More...
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    Publisher: Woodhead Publishing Limited
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 332
    Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
    Weight: 0.550
    Language: English

    Digital information is a constantly evolving field. Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age summarises and presents key themes, advances and trends in all aspects of digital information today, exploring the impact of developing technologies on the information world. Important contemporary topics are emphasised, as well as future developments, and an international perspective is taken throughout. This edited volume is based on a dynamic set of contents by leaders in the field, responding to and anticipating what is happening, and what may happen, in the field of digital information. Topics include: the future of digital information provision; Enquire; cloud computing; building an information landscape; e-books and journals in a changing digital landscape; discovering resources; citizens and digital information; data-management; community usage patterns of scientific information; software citations; the future of data curation; JISC; Skills Portal; the future information professional; university library and information services; academic libraries and their future; and impediments to new library futures.

    List of figures and tables
    Foreword
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    About the contributors
    The future of digital information provision
    Introduction
    The future of the library and the library of the future
    Discovery
    Open access, intellectual property rights, interoperability
    Sustainability
    Users, resources, intermediation
    Information literacy
    Whither librarianship?
    What next?
    End note
    Notes
    References
    The usability of digital information environments: planning, design and assessment
    Introduction
    User-centred design; usability and digital environments
    Information-seeking behaviour: need, information, access
    What is information-seeking behaviour?
    Information-seeking and information-provision match
    Heuristics and design guidelines
    Information-seeking trends
    Accessibility
    Usability evaluation: building sites high in utility and ease of use
    Designing highly usable future pathways: an art and a science
    Notes
    References
    The history of Enquire: the story of UK public libraries on the Web
    Introduction
    History
    Enquire: how it works
    Enquire: value for money
    Additional local services available when participating in Enquire
    Answers around the clock from around the globe
    Service management
    The future
    Notes
    References
    Children of the cloud
    The Web's just not that into you…
    Wunderkind
    Brain apps
    Ignorance is bliss
    A cloud of forgotten dreams
    You are what you stream
    Childhood's End
    Notes
    Surviving or thriving? Building an information landscape
    Introduction
    Our digital information environment: changes and challenges
    Disintermediation
    Hypertext
    Increasing fluidity
    Converging information models
    Power and control
    Open or closed?
    Information overload
    The wider information environment
    Human agency
    Information
    Our information landscape
    Notes
    References
    The effect the changing digital landscape is having on the dissemination of e-books and e-journals in a world dominated by Google
    Introduction
    New opportunities
    The scholarly journal
    E-books
    Mobile devices
    Scholarly monographs
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References
    Resource discovery
    The resource discovery context for higher education
    The Resource Discovery Taskforce
    The future
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Using the Mirrorworld to plan and build better futures for our citizens
    Introduction
    Developing the Mirrorworld - first steps
    Black Country case study
    Salford Mirrorworld
    Mirrorworld platform technology overview
    Future developments
    Acknowledgements
    Notes
    Beyond the Google generation: towards community-specific usage patterns of scientific information
    Generation gap and community
    Disciplines and subjects in usage studies
    The Google generation concept and French STM researchers
    Cultural differences between fields
    Convergence and intradisciplinarity
    From community to ecosystem and hermeneutics
    Notes
    References
    What we leave behind: the future of data curation
    Introduction
    Selection for preservation
    Why focus on scientific data when there is a considerable amount of data from the social sciences?
    How should data be preserved?
    Interoperability
    The Semantic Web and data curation
    End note
    Dedication
    Notes
    References
    The digital curation toolkit: strategies for adding value to work-related social systems
    Introduction
    Strategies, methods and best practices for digital curation
    Monitoring, highlighting and showcasing digital content
    Knowing your users
    Encouraging knowledge sharing
    Incorporate emerging technologies, tools and applications
    Monitoring and evaluation
    Concluding thoughts
    Notes
    The JISC Business and Community Engagement Programme
    Context and programme developmont
    Establishing the Business and Community Engagement Programme
    Defining business and community engagement
    Key achievements of the JISC Business and Community Programme 2007-10
    Enhancing the management and exploitation of knowledge and expertise
    Facilitating productive collaboration with business and the community
    Enabling change - embedding BCE in institutional culture and competencies
    Enabling the institution-external partner interface
    Recent activities
    Concluding remarks
    Acknowledgements
    Notes
    References
    Skills Portal: a study skills and Information literacy portal created with Open Educational Resources
    Introduction
    Open Educational Resources
    What is OER?
    Creative Commons licensing
    Repositories
    Project
    Technology
    Outcomes
    Discussion
    The four Rs of OER
    Future developments
    Notes
    References
    Free at last
    Introduction
    Discipline/profession and need for theory
    Components and purpose of a theoretical framework
    Libraries are social institutions
    Libraries as political sites
    Technology and teleology
    Teleology
    How ICTs benefit the information professionals
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References
    Flexible and agile university library and information services: skills and management methodologies
    Introduction
    Teamwork: the good, the bad and the ugly
    Skills and expertise
    Methodologies for managing - Managing Successful Programmes, Customer Relationship Management and Agile
    Conclusion
    Notes
    References
    The future of academic libraries in the digital age
    Introduction
    Current academic libraries in the digital age
    Current functions and roles of academic libraries
    Web-based information technology architecture in an academic library
    Web-based library information resources and services
    Library expansion and innovation projects
    Driving forces to change the future
    The future of academic libraries
    Summary
    Notes
    References
    Roadblocks, potholes and obstructions on the path to new library futures
    Introduction
    Preparing the mind
    Reconceptualising
    Risk
    Staff
    Technology
    Organisational issues
    User engagement
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Reference
    Index

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