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Is Digital Different?
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This edited collection brings together global experts to explore the role of information professionals in the transition from an analogue to a digital environment.The contributors, including David Nicholas, Valerie Johnson, Tim Gollins and Scott David, focus on the opportunities and challenges afforded by this new environment that is transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago and is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as more and more resources become available on line and as computers and supporting networks become more and more powerful. By drawing on examples of the impact of other new and emerging technologies on the information sciences in the past, the book emphasises that information systems have always been shaped by available technologies that have transformed the creation, capture, preservation and discovery of content.

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  • 2 - Finding stuff
    pp 19-34
    • By David Nicholas, is a Director of the CIBER research group (http://ciberresearch. eu). The group is best known for monitoring behaviours in the virtual space, especially with regard to the virtual scholar and the Google Generation. David holds chairs at the College of Communication and Information Studies, University of Tennessee and at Tomsk University, Russia. Previously he was Head of the Department of Information Studies at University College London (2004–11), and previous to that was Head of the Department of Information Science at City University., David Clark, Director, CIBER Research, has worked in publishing and related industries for 40 years, as data processor, information manager and analyst.
  • 8 - Rights and the commons: navigating the boundary between public and private knowledge spaces
    pp 171-188
    • By Gavan McCarthy, is Director of the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre in the University Library, founded in 2007., Helen Morgan, is a Melbourne writer and archivist. She is a research fellow in the area of cultural informatics at the University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre, having significant experience of working in collaborative research teams using digital technologies, with particular emphasis on building resilient contextual information frameworks, exploring the challenges and requirements of mapping cultural heritage in digital/networked environments and the transfer of knowledge between researchers, memory institutions and the community.


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