September 22, 2012
Hamilton College - Burke Turns the Page Library must balance paper-and-ink traditions with the digital revolution
- "The library is changing its subscriptions from print journals to electronic delivery of those same periodicals wherever possible. Burke’s first digital book collection joins other monographs but is stored online rather than on the shelves.
Online resources like WorldCat can locate books in libraries all over the world, supplanting the unwieldy and quickly outdated volumes of the National Union Catalog and other national directories.
- Even the Archives and Special Collections are being transformed as library staff have begun scanning rare items and making them available online.
- And, of course, that card catalog of yore has been succeeded by ALEX — the speedy, flexible online catalog that allows users to customize searches in hundreds of ways and doesn’t fold, spindle or collect a palimpsest of grimy fingerprints."