Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843347231, 9781780633893

Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age

1st Edition

Editors: Wendy Evans David Baker
eBook ISBN: 9781780633893
Paperback ISBN: 9781843347231
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 26th February 2013
Page Count: 332
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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables

Foreword: the paradox of a commonplace revolution



List of abbreviations

About the contributors

Chapter 1: The future of digital information provision

Chapter 2: The usability of digital information environments: planning, design and assessment

Chapter 3: The history of Enquire: the story of UK public libraries on the Web

Chapter 4: Children of the cloud

Chapter 5: Surviving or thriving? Building an information landscape

Chapter 6: The effect the changing digital landscape is having on the dissemination of e-books and e-journals in a world dominated by Google

Chapter 7: Resource discovery

Chapter 8: Using the Mirrorworld to plan and build better futures for our citizens

Chapter 9: Beyond the Google generation: towards community-specific usage patterns of scientific information

Chapter 10: What we leave behind: the future of data curation

Chapter 11: The digital curation toolkit: strategies for adding value to work-related social systems

Chapter 12: The JISC Business and Community Engagement Programme

Chapter 13: Skills Portal: a study skills and information literacy portal created with Open Educational Resources

Chapter 14: Free at last

Chapter 15: Flexible and agile university library and information services: skills and management methodologies

Chapter 16: The future of academic libraries in the digital age

Chapter 17: Roadblocks, potholes and obstructions on the path to new library futures



Digital information is a constantly developing field. The first title in the Chandos Digital Information Review series, Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age, summarises and presents key themes, advances and trends in all aspects of digital information today, exploring the impact of developing technologies on the information world. This book emphasises important contemporary topics and future developments from a global perspective. Dynamic contents by leaders in the field respond to what is happening in the field of digital information literacy, and anticipate future developments. Topics include: the future of digital information provision; Enquire; cloud computing; building an information landscape; e-books and journals in a changing digital landscape; discovering resources; citizens and digital information; data-management; community usage patterns of scientific information; software citations; the future of data curation; JISC; Skills Portal; the future information professional; university library and information services; academic libraries and their future; and impediments to new library futures.

Key Features

  • Covers major aspects of contemporary digital information provision
  • Provides practical advice
  • Structured so that each chapter stands alone while contributing to a coherent overall text


All those involved in digital information provision, library developments and digital collections and services, including managers, subject specialists, project directors, technical staff, content creators and editors


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"...provides an engaging overview of some of the key themes and trends in digital information…will be of primary interest to library and information science students and information professionals working in academic or university settings."--Information & Culture,November 2014

"The reviewer was most engaged by ideas around the impact the digital world has had on the disintermediation of information and understanding that the role of the librarian in this space..."--Australian Library Journal,Vol 63, No 4

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About the Editors

Wendy Evans Editor

Wendy Evans is the Head of Library at the University of St. Mark and St John, UK. She has published and lectured in the field of electronic journal and database usage, access versus ownership of journals, and has already co-edited and co-authored four books with David Baker.

Affiliations and Expertise

Head of Library, University of St Mark & St John, UK

David Baker Editor

Professor David Baker has published widely in the field of Library and Information Studies, with eighteen monographs and over 100 articles to his credit. He has spoken worldwide at numerous conferences, led workshops and seminars. His other key professional interest and expertise has been in the field of human resources, where he has also been active in major national projects.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor of Strategic Information Management, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, Devon, UK