Libraries in the online environment

Libraries in the online environment

16 October 2003

© Commonwealth of Australia 2003

ISBN 0 642 71305 7

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Committee membership (PDF Format)

Recommendations (PDF Format)

PREFACE (PDF Format)
Terms of reference
The inquiry
Acknowledgements

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION (PDF Format)
Public library provision in Australia
The spread of library services
Library funding
Connecting Australia

CHAPTER 2: LIBRARIES IN THE ONLINE WORLD (PDF Format)
Introduction
Provision of online services in libraries
Libraries versus other online access options
Changing library use patterns
Effects of remote access to library services
Effects on the role of library staff
Partnerships
The physical impact of online services in libraries
The print versus online dilemma
Recreational versus informational use of public libraries

CHAPTER 3: ONLINE LIBRARY INITIATIVES (PDF Format)
National Library initiatives
Other collaborative efforts amongst libraries
Digitisation developments
Other cooperative arrangements
State library networking initiatives
Development of users' online skills
Projects for special groups
Public/private sector initiatives
Overseas initiatives

CHAPTER 4: SOME CHALLENGES OF THE ONLINE ENVIRONMENT (PDF Format)
A national information policy?
Connectivity and bandwidth
Intellectual property issues
Licence agreements
Australian online content
Seamless access
Online services and charges for users
Funding
Information literacy
Staff training

CHAPTER 5: CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF Format)
Connectivity
Content
Skills
National leadership
Funding

Appendix 1: List of Submissions (PDF Format)

Appendix 2: Witnesses at public hearings (PDF Format)

Appendix 3: Inspections (PDF Format)

Appendix 4: Exhibits (PDF Format)

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