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Literature in English : a guide for librarians in the digital age
Day, Betty H. (Betty Harris)
Publication Information:
Chicago : Association of College and Research Libraries, 2000.
Physical Description:
vi, 345 pages ; 23 cm.
Introduction: collaborative partnerships / Betty H. Day and William A. Wortman -- Nature of library collections / William A. Wortman -- Retrospective collection development and its bibliographies / Richard Heinzkill -- Primary source material: responsibilities and realities / Susan L. Peters -- Critical editions / John L. Tofanelli -- Electronic texts and selected web sites for English and American literature / Shelley Arlen -- Assessment of literature collections / Scott Stebelman -- MLA International Bibliography and library instruction in literature and the humanities / July Reynolds -- Literary reference into the new century / Michael Adams and Candace R. Benefiel -- Management of electronic text collections / Perry Willett -- Issues in cataloging electronic texts / Timothy Shipe -- Return to history in English studies / J. Paul Hunter -- Typology of literary scholarship for academic librarians / Stephen E. Wiberley Jr. -- Faculty liaison: librarians and faculty as colleagues / Marcia Pankake.
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A wide-ranging series of essays addresses concerns related to the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources related to the study and teaching of English literature. Among the issues discussed are the changed literary canon, the expanded range of research and course interests, and the impact of new electronic resources on traditional print. A section entitled Readers and Services, describes how to teach researchers and students the use of the MLA International Bibliography, the field's essential source of research in literature, linguistics, and related areas, problems of access, such as the meaningful description, classification, and cataloging for electronic texts, web sites, and other digital resources, and electronic text centers. Methods to discover faculty's and students' interests and how to determine which materials and services best meet their needs are examined through a description of activities and programs that can serve as a model for librarians. An examination of resources and collections acknowledges the changes in the syllabus as well as formats (web, CD, floppy disk) electronic editions, and a chapter on textual and literary website includes an ex

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In the second edition of The Humanities and the Library (Professional Media, LJ 5/15/93), the author of the literature chapter speculated about the impending tidal wave of online literary resources. Now, 15 humanities specialists provide a contemporary overview of the evolving nature of literary collections, patrons, and research resources. Literature in English is a welcome tool for any librarian challenged with developing a literary collection for online-based research. The essays cover such topics as literary theory, minority literature, collection assessment, and management of electronic text collections. Substantial bibliographies enhance each chapter. Sven Bikerts's The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age (LJ 1/95) discussed the impact of television and computers upon the print medium. It is too soon to tell whether the popularity and convenience of digitized information will lead to the worst-case scenario of "the death of literature." In the meantime, the English and American Literature Section of ACRL has produced a timely and practical resource for librarians grappling with the humanities in the Digital Age.√ĄBetty J. Glass, Getchell Lib., Univ. of Nevada, Reno (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.