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The evolving virtual library II : practical and philosophical perspectives
Saunders, Laverna M.
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Medford, NJ : Information Today, 1999.
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xi, 198 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Virtual library: reflections on an evolutionary process / Mining information networks: intranets and extranets at work / Building a digital library: the stories of the making of America / Managing digital content: the scholarly communications project / Library-generated databases / A public library in transition : paradigm shifts toward the new millenium / School libraries meet the tornadoes: the transformational impact of school reform and the Web / Extending the library to remote learners: critical issues and current initiatives / Understanding networks and telecommunications infrastructure
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The Evolving Virtual Library II documents how libraries of all types are changing with the integration of the Internet and the Web, electronic resources, and computer networks. It provides a summary of trends, developments in networking, case studies of creating digital content delivery systems for remote users, applications in K-12 and public libraries, and a vision of things to come.

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Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.