Pattern Recognition

Various authors, OCLC, Jan 19, 2004
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"Google is disintermediating the library." This is one of the observations that led the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) to take a new look at the landscape and reassess its vision accordingly. The authors find three major trends in library services: moving to self-sufficiency, focus on satisfaction with online alternatives, and seamlessness. The most interesting discussion looks at "disaggregation" - the breaking down of larger works into "microcontent". But the main focus is on community, and "The ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is: How do we together, as a community of libraries and allied organizations, move our trusted circle closer to information consumers at the level of their need?" Great read.CRLF
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