The Internet Its Impact and Evaluation

Author: David Nicholas
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 020340386X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Proceedings of an international forum held at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Park, 16-18th July 1999, organised by City University, and sponsored by Aslib, The Association for Information Management, The British Library and News International. The purpose of the conference was to: explore methods for evaluating the Internet's many features and functions; assess the impact of the Internet in strategic areas of human endeavour, so providing us with an understanding of the way that the Internet is fashioning the world we live in; identify the key information and communication principles, ideas and concepts that are emerging as a result of the spread and development of the Internet; and put down an agenda for future Internet research and collaboration. Contents: The challenge: unstable knowledge, unstable times; Three-dimensional impact: a case study of electronic government; Joining up information and learning; Newspapers and the net: peaceful coexistence or fight to the death? The impact of the Internet on the ownership of information; Impact of the Internet: some conceptual and methodological issues; Studying the impacts of the Internet without assuming technological determinism; The relevance of information retrieval research for the evaluation of the WWW; From bibliometrics to cybermetrics; Web metrics: too much data, too little analysis; Surveying the global diffusion of the Internet; Tracking and evaluating the global information consumer; Evaluating the net as a 'local' information resource.

Making Digital Cultures

Author: Martin Hand
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317102495
Format: PDF, ePub
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Many people in the West or global North now live in a culture of 24/7 instant messaging, iPods and MP3s, streamed content, blogs, ubiquitous digital images and Facebook. But they are also surrounded by even more paper, books, telephone calls and material objects of one kind or another. The juxtaposition and proliferation of older and newer technologies is striking. Making Digital Cultures brings together recent theorizing of the 'digital age' with empirical studies of how institutions embrace these technologies in relation to older established technological objects, processes and practices. It asks how relations between 'analogue' and 'digital' are conceptualized and configured both in theory and inside the public library, the business organization and the archive. With its direct engagement with new media theory, science and technology studies, and cultural sociology, this volume will be of interest to scholars and students in the areas of media and communication and science and technology studies.

The Library in the Twenty first Century

Author: Peter Brophy
Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 1856046060
Format: PDF
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Social, cultural and technological developments are revolutionizing library services. The way ahead for the profession is now generally seen as a practical blend of traditional and electronic materials with integrated support services which fit seamlessly into users' normal ways of working. This is leading to a fundamental rethinking of the role of the library in society. Drawing on the author's recent research, this timely second edition of The Library in the Twenty-first Century offers a clear new model of how traditional and electronic sources can co-exist in the library of the future, building on the previous work by focusing on the library as a vehicle for encouraging creativity as well as a provider of information resources. It is now commonplace that libraries have a major role to play as expert intermediaries, helping users to gain access to the tools needed for effective acquisition and use of information, within the broader context of the networked information world. But it is beginning to be recognized that they still have a profounder role within their communities, and this book emphasizes that beyond the intermediary role is the vital requirement to promote understanding and engagement. Written by one of our most experienced librarians and drawing on a range of international research and development experience, this authoritative work offers the following topics: libraries in the modern world the view from the sectors cross-sectoral models the profession's view digital libraries what is a good library? linking users to resources beyond the intermediary the library user the information universe. Readership: This incisive text, supported by an extensive glossary and bibliography, proposes a practical agenda of issues for the information profession to tackle, and is essential reading for both established library practitioners and LIS students, as well as for library managers and administrators across all sectors.

Research Evaluation and Audit

Author: Maria J. Grant
Publisher: Facet Publishing
ISBN: 1856047415
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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This handbook provides library and information professionals with the information they need to undertake research projects in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and improve service delivery. Whether you are a complete novice or have experience of undertaking evaluations, audits or research, this book will guide you step-by-step through the key phases of planning, doing and disseminating research. The text is divided into three sections: • Part 1: Getting started introduces the concepts, ethics and planning stages. • Part 2: Doing research, evaluation and audit explores the fundamentals of projects, including the literature review, qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and research tools. • Part 3: Impact of research, evaluation and audit guides you through writing up your project, putting the results of your project findings into practice and dissemination to the wider community. Written by academics and practitioners from a diverse range of sectors throughout the world, the book offers a thorough but common sense approach. Each chapter is structured to begin with a comprehensive introduction to a discrete topic area complemented with case studies drawn from a broad range of LIS contexts to illustrate the issues raised and provide transferable lessons to your own context. Whatever your experience, this book will support your project development and explain how evidence-based library and information practice is relevant to you. Readership: This is the essential handbook for any librarian or information professional who wants to undertake research in the workplace in order to inform their own practice and the wider evidence base for library and information science. It’s also a useful guide for undergraduate and postgraduate LIS students undertaking their final year research project.

Internet Costs Cost Models for Public Libraries

Author: Charles R. McClure
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
ISBN: 9780788131820
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Addresses the public library community's need for practical cost information related to Internet connectivity and services. It is not a "how-to" manual for connecting libraries to the Internet. The value of this study rests more with the development of cost models, worksheets, and cost categories that can assist public libraries to determine an appropriate type of Internet connectivity and service provision given the library's need. This study seeks to improve the knowledge base of information, not to offer a comprehensive treatment of the topic.