Digital Convergence - Libraries of the Future

Editors: Earnshaw, Rae, Vince, John (Eds.)

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  • Presents key aspects in the rapidly moving field of digital convergence in the areas of technology and information sciences
  • Chapters are written by international experts who are leaders in their fields
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The convergence of IT, telecommunications, and media is bringing about a revolution in the way information is collected, stored and accessed. There are three principal reasons why this is happening – reducing cost, increasing quality, and increasing bandwidth. Moore’s Law results in ever-decreasing costs of processing, storage, and transmission. Digital information preserves content accuracy (e.g. digital television) in a way other systems do not. High bandwidth transmission from one place to another on the planet is now possible. Information is ubiquitous and globally accessible, and can be held and accessed just as easily on a global network as on a local personal computer or in a local library. Devices are increasingly intelligent and are network-ready. User interfaces are becoming more adaptable and flexible, and can be tailored to particular application domains. Digital intelligence is becoming seamless and invisible, enabling more attention to be paid to the content and the user’s interaction with it. This revolution is having effects on the development and organisation of information and artefact repositories such as libraries, museums, and exhibitions, and the way in which physical and digital aspects are mediated to users. The changes that digital convergence is bringing about are substantial and are also likely to be long-lasting. This volume presents key aspects in this rapidly moving field in the areas of technology and information sciences - from international experts who are leaders in their fields.

Table of contents (29 chapters)

Table of contents (29 chapters)
  • From ‘‘Boutique’’ to Mass Digitization: the Google Library Project at Oxford

    Pages 3-9

    Milne, Ronald

  • Digital Services in Academic Libraries: the Internet is Setting Benchmarks

    Pages 11-30

    Lossau, Norbert

  • The Early Years of the United Kingdom Joint Academic Network (JANET)

    Pages 31-51

    Wells, Mike

  • World-Class Universities Need World-Class Libraries and Information Resources: But How Can they be Provided?

    Pages 55-64

    Follett, Sir Brian K.

  • The International Dimensions of Digital Science and Scholarship: Aspirations of the British Library in Serving the International Scientific and Scholarly Communities

    Pages 65-73

    Brindley, Lynne

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Convergence - Libraries of the Future
Editors
  • Rae Earnshaw
  • John Vince
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-84628-903-3
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84628-903-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84628-902-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84996-672-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 416
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