Literature in English: A Guide for Librarians in the Digital Age: Publications in Librarianship no. 54

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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 extensive webliography and bibliography.

This volume is an essential work for librarians who are new, working actively, or simply taking on a new assignment in reference and/or collection development in the field of literature in English.

Betty H. Day

William A. Wortman