The Infinite Library

Abstract: Despite questions about the limits of access to materials and the future of publishers and libraries, Roush claims that the value libraries can add to our huge digitized world is the same as it’s always been: selecting/filtering, collecting, and cataloging knowledge for people’s use.

The Parallel Information Universe

Abstract: Eisenberg urges librarians to take the responsibility in the parallel information universe of “participation, user control, sharing, openness, and networking” that Web 2.0 has created, just as they have always done in the print information universe. He presents librarian-focused SWOT analyses of three major Web 2.0 technologies – virtual worlds, social networking, and personal digital devices – and then ties them back to the traditional library functions.

Evaluating Information on the Internet

Abstract: Brandt emphasizes the importance of and gives models for evaluating information sources on the internet by adapting traditional evaluative techniques and criteria for an online environment.

Finders keepers

Abstract: Banks lists examples of online databases that are hidden from search engines, but contain useful and often free content (e.g. stock photos, historical data).


Is There Such a Thing As Information Overload?

Abstract: Using Wikipedia, Abram defines “information overload” and notes the causes and impact on enterprise of the problem of having too much information in this knowledge economy. He then lists the skills and strategies of librarians that would add value in this area:

As we may think and A brief history of the internet

I believe that Vannevar Bush's ideals have been advanced by the emergence of the internet, but not yet achieved.  Bush's broadest dream is that of "scientists, burying their old professional competition in the demand of a common that knowledge evolves and endures throughout the life of a race rather than that of an individual" (Bush, 1945).