Monday, August 4, 2014

Using Massive Digital Libraries

Weiss, Andrew. Using Massive Digital Libraries: A LITA Guide. ALA TechSource, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1235-5

Weiss takes an in-depth look at what he calls "massive digital libraries" like Google Books, HathiTrust, or Internet Archive and how they might fit into a library context. He explores their strengths and weaknesses as digital information tools, helping librarians understand how they function and what we can expect in the future.

Table of Contents
Part 1 - Background
1 A Brief History of Digital Libraries-or, How Did We Get Here?
2 Massive Digital Libraries-or, Where Are We?
3 Major Party Players and Their Characteristics-or, Who's at the Party?
4 Impact on Librarianship-or, How Do I Deal with This?

Part 2 - The Philosophical Issues
5 The Copyright Conundrum-or, How Is This Allowed?
6 Collection Development-or, How Did I Get This?
7 Collection Diversity-or, Why Is This Missing?
8 Access-or, Why Can't I Get This?

Part 3 - Practical Applications
9 Using MDLs in Libraries-or, To What End?
10 Four MDL Studies