The evolving virtual library II : practical and philosophical perspectives /
edited by Laverna M. Saunders.
Medford, NJ : Information Today, Inc., 1999.
xi, 198 p. ; 25 cm.
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Medford, NJ : Information Today, Inc., 1999.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2000-05-15:
Practical, yes, but virtual? Philosophical? Libraries are assuredly concrete thingsDcables, computers, books, budgetsDif this collection of articles by noted library professionals is evidence. Like The Amazing Internet Challenge: How Leading Projects Use Library Skills To Organize the Web (Professional Media, LJ 3/15/00), these articles predominantly and helpfully report on existing projects and technologies: developing intranets and databases, reshaping school libraries, reaching remote users, building networks, and more. Some authors risk a speculation or two, but none ventures far from consideration of quotidian realities. Each chapter thus serves as a reminder that libraries dwell amid a struggle for institutional identity and competition for resourcesDfunds, information, and infrastructureDleaving slight opportunity for any loftier musings hinted at in the volume's subtitle. This is regrettable because pondering a few untethered concepts and abstractions might prove intellectually productive and stimulating in a work aimed at "documenting trends" and "influencing the future." The editor has written numerous articles for LJ and Computers in Libraries and has edited a prior volume of similar articles (The Evolving Virtual Library: Visions and Case Studies, Information Today, 1996). Librarians will find this sequel a good starting point for a review of the present situation of the profession.DDean C. Rowan, Whittier P.L., CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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