Volume 20, Number 1 January 2000
What is digital librarianship?
by Péter Jacsó
DIGITAL LIBRARIANSHIP column discusses digital librarianship, which
it defines as a subset of traditional librarianship. Says librarians
must become increasingly familiar with digital collections in order
to know when can they replace their traditional printed resources
with the digital counterparts, either for a fee or for free. Reports
that the phenomenon of free databases scared traditional publishers,
noting they use every available forum to warn against the perils,
although says that some expensive, traditional databases can also be
bad. Highlights digital finding tools and says it is no accident
that the best ones come from libraries and library schools that have
librarians who are well-versed in organizing, cataloging,
classifying, and indexing print and non-print documents. Maintains
that digitally literate librarians will steer patrons to both the
physical shelves and the virtual digital shelves for information.
Internet & Personal Computing Abstracts
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