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Library Collections: Conundrums and Contradictions

Krishan Gopal (Author)
Synopsis Today, we are living in the midst of a profound transition resulting from the digitisation of information, and all components of the information chain are in a state of flux. The parts played libraries and other information services are changing, and in many instances the boundaries which have demarcated the roles of these players have become blurred. Library collections, although ordinarily thought of in terms of books and serials, actually contain a very broad range of materials: manuscripts, archives, photographs, recordings, movies, and much else. This book elaboratively discusses the astonishing richness of materials as sources of information; the important distinction between library materials and the activity of collection development; the role of collections as part of the retrieval process; ways in which library materials are used; the tendency for any given library’s collection to contain materials that are preprocessed for ease of use; the significance for collection development activities of the technical medium of materials; and the tendency for libraries’ collections to conform to the cultural values of its social context. For librarians, information scientists, managers, students and anyone dealing with the issues of library collections, this work is destined to become an authoritative reference tool.
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About the author

Krishan Gopal

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.

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Title Library Collections: Conundrums and Contradictions
Author Krishan Gopal
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher Authors Press
Language: English
isbn 8172731078
length vi+371p.