The Digital Age and Local Studies examines the impact of various electronic developments, particularly the internet on local studies librarianship. The recent explosion in use of the internet has been matched by an increased interest in local, family and community history, all areas in which local studies libraries excel. The book provides practitioners with practical advice on the provision of web-based services for users. Such areas as e-genealogy and e-learning are covered. Importantly, the book provides examples of best-practice and shows how practical lessons can be learned from the experiences of the innovators in the field.

Key Features

  • Nothing comparable in print and has contemporary relevance
  • Increased recognition of the importance of local studies
  • Covers the electronic revolution which has not been addressed in this field


Practitioners in local studies departments, local heritage centers and associated museums or archive services; Students of library/information science

Table of Contents

Introduction; Exploding the myth of parochialism; E-enquiry services for local studies; Remote users and local materials; E-genealogy and the library; E-collaboration and cooperation; E-learning; Evaluation and appraisal.


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© 2003
Chandos Publishing
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About the author

Peter Reid

Dr Peter Reid is course leader for the MSc in Information and Library Studies at The Robert Gordon University, UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Physician and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, UK


…a book that reads well and is nicely presented., Programe: Electronic Library and Information Systems
…a valuable indicative bibliography and a helpful index., Programe: Electronic Library and Information Systems