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Digital Convergence – Libraries of the Future

  • Rae Earnshaw
  • John Vince
  • Presents key aspects in the rapidly moving field of digital convergence in the areas of technology and information sciences

  • Chapters are written by international experts who are leaders in their fields


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXII
  2. The Organization and Delivery of Digital Information

  3. The World Library – Collaboration and Sharing of Information

  4. Cultural and Strategic Implications of Digital Convergence for Libraries

  5. Shaking the Foundations – Librarianship in Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Frederick Friend
      Pages 155-160
  6. New Dimensions of InformationProvision Restructuring, Innovation, and Integration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. John Tuck
      Pages 163-171
    3. Sarah E. Thomas, Carl A. Kroch
      Pages 173-180

About this book


The convergence of IT, telecommunications, and media is bringing about a revolution in the way information is collected, stored and accessed. There are three principal reasons why this is happening – reducing cost, increasing quality, and increasing bandwidth. Moore’s Law results in ever-decreasing costs of processing, storage, and transmission. Digital information preserves content accuracy (e.g. digital television) in a way other systems do not. High bandwidth transmission from one place to another on the planet is now possible. Information is ubiquitous and globally accessible, and can be held and accessed just as easily on a global network as on a local personal computer or in a local library. Devices are increasingly intelligent and are network-ready. User interfaces are becoming more adaptable and flexible, and can be tailored to particular application domains. Digital intelligence is becoming seamless and invisible, enabling more attention to be paid to the content and the user’s interaction with it. This revolution is having effects on the development and organisation of information and artefact repositories such as libraries, museums, and exhibitions, and the way in which physical and digital aspects are mediated to users. The changes that digital convergence is bringing about are substantial and are also likely to be long-lasting. This volume presents key aspects in this rapidly moving field in the areas of technology and information sciences - from international experts who are leaders in their fields.


Archiv Digital Convergence Digital Infomation Digital Intelligence Internet Open Access collaboration computer libraries quality assurance telecommunication user interface

Editors and affiliations

  • Rae Earnshaw
    • 1
  • John Vince
    • 2
  1. 1.Pro Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Systems Development)University of BradfordUK
  2. 2.Emeritus Professor in Digital MediaBournemouth UniversityUK

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