Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Computer Grids and Digital Libraries

What both computer and social grid networks offer librarians are faster, more effective methods either to solve problems or exploit our opportunities better. It means that our users are increasingly able to take advantage of whatever methods of communication they wish. It also means that libraries are being challenged to deliver information in whatever form(s) our users choose—whether new book lists via RSS or a podcast on how to research a topic. As the premier information profession, we should at least be familiar with all the various methods in which information can be communicated, if not be fully equipped to use whichever form is best for a given purpose or audience.

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