• Bricks, Bytes, or Both? The Probable Impact of Scholarly Electronic Publishing on Library Space Needs

      Bailey, Charles W.; Wolf, Milton T.; Ensor, Pat; Thomas, Mary Augusta (American Library Association, 1998)
      There is legitimate enthusiasm for scholarly electronic publishing and its potentials. However, the key question for libraries is not whether electronic publishing will continue to grow in importance, but rather how quickly it will displace printed books and journals in the specialized scholarly publishing marketplace. An increasing number of academic libraries face severe space problems, and supplementing print publications with electronic versions will not save library space--it will increase space needs in the near term as a growing number of workstations are added to provide access to electronic information. It is only when the library replaces print with electronic sources that the potential to save space emerges as a result of electronic publishing. If Nostradamus were alive, he might be able to predict when scholarly electronic publishing will reach such a critical mass. This essay will not try to do so; however, it will briefly outline some critical factors that may slow the evolution of scholarly electronic publishing, extend the life of the printed word, and necessitate the continued existence of physical library facilities.
    • Collaboration as the Norm in Reference Work

      Pomerantz, Jeffrey; Zabel, Diane (American Library Association, 2006)
      The stereotype of the reference transaction is more or less unchanged since Samuel Swett Greenâ s day, as involving precisely one librarian and one user. There are many common situations in which the reference transaction is not a one-to-one interaction, and this article will explore those situations. Additionally, this article argues that as network technology is increasingly utilized in reference work, situations in which the reference transaction is not a one-to-one interaction are becoming more common. Indeed, this article argues that as network technology is increasingly utilized in reference work, reference work will become fundamentally a collaborative effort, to the benefit of both individual reference services and reference work in general.
    • Effectively Visualizing Library Data

      Phetteplace, Eric; Chesapeake College (American Library Association, 2012-12-20)
      As libraries collect more and more data, it is worth taking some time to analyze the data we collect and effectively present it. This article details how to use visualization to investigate trends and make compelling arguments with data.
    • Hardening the Browser: Protecting Patron Privacy on the Internet

      Phetteplace, Eric; Kern, Mary Kathleen; Chesapeake College; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (American Library Association, 2012)