"Fletcher and Bertot have assembled an impressive and diverse group of contributors and provided perspectives ranging from applied to theoretical to technical. A fascinating look at the global evolution of IT in libraries." Ruth Small Syracuse University
The rapid development of new technologies, the World Wide Web, and a Global Information Infrastructure is creating a stir in world library communities, and the potential impact of these concepts on libraries is just beginning to be understood. Today it is practically impossible to find a library that has not been affected by the revolution in information and communications technologies. By their very nature, libraries are information intensive, and these emerging technologies are fast becoming essential work tools in libraries around the globe; however, inequalities among countries in terms of level of support, the cost of new technologies, training and skill of those working in the libraries, and the lack of governmental support make the road to successful implementation of these new technologies a rocky one.
These concerns must be addressed in a context enriched by the more traditional library practices and roles. Libraries are replete with experiences and skills that enable the institution to respond and meet the challenges of global connectivity. "World Libraries on the Information Superhighway: Preparing for the Challenges of the New Millennium" presents the thoughts and experiences of librarians and academicians on the changing role of libraries in a global networked community. This book addresses diverse and important topics, which acknowledge the strengths of traditional library practices and the challenges of reconfiguring these practices in a digital world. Michael Eisenberg, the Director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Washington, comments, "Patricia Fletcher's new book provides an essential overview of the way world libraries are dealing with the advent of the information age, and the policy issues that accompany new technologies