Karen Calhoun leads organizational change and strategic initiatives for the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held senior leadership positions at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and Cornell University Library. Her career has focused on academic research libraries and global library cooperatives with particular emphasis on redesigning services for the digital age. She is the author of the new book Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects.
Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects
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- Table of Contents
- About the Author
"This book provides an overview of the digital turn in libraries. It is informed by the rich and varied professional experience of its author, by extensive research across several national and international contexts, and by a rare synthesizing ability. It fills a clear gap in the library literature, exploring technical and research developments from the perspective of evolving library services and organization."
- Brings students and working librarians up to date on the progress, nature and impact of digital libraries, bridging the gap since the publication of the best-known digital library texts
- Frames digital library research and practice in the context of the social web and makes the case for moving beyond collections to a new emphasis on libraries' value to their communities
- Introduces several new frameworks and novel syntheses that elucidate digital library themes, suggest strategic directions, and break new ground in the digital library literature
- Calls attention to digital library research, but is written from the perspective of strategy and in-depth experience
- Provides a global perspective and integrates material from many sources in one place - the chapters on open repositories and hybrid libraries draw together past, present and prospective work in a way that is unique in the literature
"[Calhoun] merges the disparate worlds of computer science and library science together in a masterful way. She uses the history to create a robust platform for understanding digital libraries today … in essence making the field feel relevant and refreshed."
"From the ‘cloud’ to ‘community,’ and from the ‘mass digitization’ to the ‘digital divide,’ Calhoun has meticulously covered everything the reader needs to know … This is a book by a librarian for other librarians, and that really is what makes this book stand out. This is a must-have reference for the library, and it will be especially helpful to those librarians looking to understand where the digital library has been, where it stands now, where it may be going, and how we, as librarians, can most effectively employ digital libraries for our communities."
”Readers will want to consult this text several times for the detailed citations, informative tables, and graphics … In this book [Calhoun] combines her extensive knowledge and research to offer an important resource for the library and archives communities to think innovatively about the role digital libraries have on society so they can be sustainable into the future."
— Technical Services Quarterly
”Well-organized and timely … a thorough examination of the past, present, and future prospects of digital libraries, and I recommend it to students, scholars, and practicing librarians."
— Portal: Libraries and the Academy
”Because the book is packed with so many topics, it allows the reader to learn about areas that are often glossed over in the daily running of a library ... This really is a must read for those working in the digital library environment and for those who wish to explore digital library concepts further."
— Online Information Review
”Extremely informative and well researched. There is a vast amount of information condensed into its 322 pages. This book would be a valuable read for any librarian, archivist, or information technology professional who is working with or has an interest in digital collections."