Learn how electronic texts can save you money!The new technologies that have revolutionized information storage and retrieval demand commensurate changes in librarianship. Research Collections and Digital Information explores the practical and theoretical impact of new information technologies on the libraries of today. It suggests new strategies for collecting, organizing, and accessing library materials and emphasizes the increasing importance of classification and bibliographic rigor in dealing with the riot of information available on the Internet.This helpful book provides a detailed case study of the advantages and disadvantages of an electronic text center. A thorough discussion of the possibilities of custom-tailored digital libraries includes information on the Alexandria Digital Earth Prototype, which offers geographers and other earth scientists electronic access to maps, aerial photographs, and texts. In addition, you will find proven guidelines for selecting ebooks and other electronic materials.Research Collections and Digital Information offers guidance on technology's impact on essential library services and concerns, including: budgets for library materials and staff copyright and licensing issues interlibrary loan vendor-library relations library buildings and equipmentResearch Collections and Digital Information provides a fascinating look into the practical ways that other librarians have risen to the challenges of this dramatic paradigm shift. It is an essential resource for library directors, collections managers, and students.