Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Container Neutral

Another piece on all-digital libraries, this one falling on the side of 'not quite yet'. A short article by Jennifer Howard, I felt the last paragraph summed up my feelings regarding e-books:

The conversations Ms. Spiro and Ms. Henry had with librarians also revealed how the culture of librarianship is evolving. They found evidence of a "container-neutral approach," in which it doesn't really matter how information is packaged, as long as it can easily be found by or delivered to users. There's less emphasis on "just-in-case collections," which keep copies of everything, and more on "just-in-time collections" that keep up with user demand... "Ultimately what matters is the service that's provided," Ms. Henry said.


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