Contents: Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Changing libraries. 3. Collection development in an electronic age. 4. Machine learning to analyse quality. 5. Search engine technology. 6. Dynamic disseminations of multimedia objects. 7. Online games and information services. 8. Digital preservation systems. 9. Metadata for digital preservation. 10. Assessing preservation environment. 11. Access and user interfaces. 12. Educating through electronic libraries. 13. School libraries in electronic age. 14. Challenges of electronic reference. 15. Issues in digital libraries. Bibliography. Index.
"Libraries today have shunned the mantle of being mere repositories of books and other print material. The advent of technology has seen the introduction of electronic services, like computerised subscription and the internet, making their presence felt in present age libraries. Library trends have seen innumerable changes since the first printed materials were in use.
The present book explores at length the various upheavals and changes in the use of libraries as they now are gradually evolving from concrete structures to digital. In an erudite manner, the trends in the library management, both past and present, are detailed. With its comprehensive analysis of library science, the should prove to be an enlightening one for students and faculty working in libraries." (jacket)