Libraries and the network: some considerations on how libraries are affected by the network

Sennyey, Pongracz and Kokas, Karoly Libraries and the network: some considerations on how libraries are affected by the network., 2011 [Preprint]


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While the effects of the internet on libraries was recognized relatively early, few works have addressed network dynamics in terms of library operations. This essay identifies some implications of the shift to a networked environment and its effects on library operations, with the express aim of initiating a dialog within the profession about its broader significance. Understanding this shift, with its threats and opportunities, is critical for planning the future of libraries.

Item type: Preprint
Keywords: Networks, Webscale, libraries, network effects
Subjects: L. Information technology and library technology > LB. Computer networking.
Depositing user: Ciro Llueca
Date deposited: 06 Jul 2012
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:23


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