Volume 17, Number 4 April 2000
Adding a new dimension: e-books
The next link in the online library evolution is already here
by Terry Ballard
THE SYSTEMS LIBRARIAN column focuses on the evolution of the online
library. Relates that OPACs have come a long way, although initially
people still had to go to the library to use the OPAC. However, says
that in the early 90s things started to change as librarians began
to see the possibilities of the Internet, and with the advent of the
Web came a quantum leap in OPAC functionality. Describes how the
next brick was added to the virtual library by adding e-book links,
influenced by an improvement in the Innovative Interfaces catalog
that allowed for regular checking of every link in the online
catalog. Discusses Project Gutenberg, which has digitized more than
2,400 titles, and netLibrary, which provides a mix of public domain
works and copyrighted books. Concludes that this is a fast changing
field with constant new developments.
Includes three screen displays.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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