Explore the issues that are changing user/librarian interactions in
today's evolving electronic libraries This book examines the rapid
advances in technology and scientific discovery that have changed
the way sci/tech library users seek information changes which have
also necessitated increasingly high levels of skill in information
technology and advanced subject knowledge from librarians. From
negotiating the intricacies of working with e-journals to
simplifying the data collection process, anyone involved in
allocating library resources or prioritizing research agendas will
find relevant, useful information here, as will those involved in
library education. Emerging Issues in the Electronic Environment:
Challenges for Librarians and Researchers in the Sciences begins
with "Scientific Communication: New Roles and New Players," a
detailed examination of the evolution of the information-seeking
behavior of scientists, from the days of print-based resources to
today's electronic media. Next, you'll find techniques designed to
maximize the ability of scientists to make "lucky" connections in
their electronic search for information in "Too Important to be
Left to Chance: Serendipity and the Digital Library." Four chapters
in Emerging Issues in the Electronic Environment bring you
up-to-date information on various aspects of working with
e-journals: "For Better or Worse: The Joys and Woes of E-Journals,"
investigates the impact of electronic-only journal holdings on
collection development decisions and the accompanying issues of
archiving, economics, content, and research use "Scan It and They
Will Come . . . But Will They Cite It?" provides citation data on
the usefulness and impact of retrospective digitization projects
for journal contents "The Use of Online Supplementary Material in
High-Impact Scientific Journals" raises vital questions as to
whether the print or electronic article should be regarded as the
primary archival resource "Challenges and Opportunities for
Bibliometrics in the Electronic Environment: The Case of the
Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science" investigates how
issues of access, copyright, and fair use, as well as differences
among online file formats may impact bibliometric analysis Two
chapters in Emerging Issues in the Electronic Environment are
designed to help simplify the data collection process. "Information
Overload: Keeping Current Without Being Overwhelmed" will show you
how to identify needed sources by using current awareness services
and e-mail filtering technologies "The Impact of Electronic
Bibliographic Databases and Electronic Journal Articles on the
Scholar's Information Seeking Behavior and Personal Collection of
Reprints" reviews organizational methods for managing large
collections of electronic articles. In addition, this
forward-thinking book contains four chapters that point out
possible avenues for increased librarian-facilitated service to
users: "Biology Databases for the New Life Sciences" discusses the
new sequence, microarray, and protein structure databases, the
emergence of bioinformatics, and the opportunities available to
librarians in this developing area "Map and Spatial Data
Acquisitions in the Electronic Age" shows how the traditionally
complicated and time-consuming process of acquiring cartographic
information can be simplified by efficient use of the Internet
"Webinar Technology: Applications in Libraries" reviews the
operation, application, and features of Webinars and compares this
technology with Web tutorials, virtual reference, and courseware
management systems, videoconferencing, and Webcasting "Preserving
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