Overview for Impact of Information Technology Services in Libraries
Technology is changing the nature of libraries and librarians, and it continues to exert a major influence on the strategic direction of libraries in society. Today, the library services are transitioning from local traditional collection to global resources provided on demand via the most advanced networking technologies. It is now possible to retrieve information independently of time zones and geographical location, and to obtain the most uptodate information from the form of the library without walls, or the virtual library. Libraries of all types are challenged to provide greater information access and improved levels of service, while coping with the pace of technological change and ever-increasing budget pressure. As a result professional librarians must be computer literate and knowledgeable about internet technologies to fully participate in the planning design, and implementation of future library services. This book indents to describe information technology advances that have enhanced the ability of libraries to serve their communities, lower their costs, and fully participate in the new networked world. It enables the readers to understand the process of electronic dissemination of information, the impact of the internet on libraries, the changing responsibilities of library professionals, the new paradigm for evaluating information, and characteristics and functions of todayâ€™s library personnel. It will be highly beneficial for practising librarians and students in library science and the social sciences.
Krishan Gopal (Author)
Dr. Krishan Gopal, M.A., M.LIS., Ph.D., a practicing Librarian and Information Scientist, is currently working at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has made significant contributions to the Library Information Services in the area of research and development, documentation, etc. Dr. Gopal has a number of books to his credit which is the results of his research work of the last two decades and which have been accepted and acknowledged by the academic community. He has contributed by way of writing several articles and reviews of books in well-known journals as well as national newspapers. As a dedicated librarian, he is associated with professional organizations like the Indian Library Association and Ranganathan Research Centre. He has delivered a number of professional lectures nationwide.