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The Rolls Royce of the library reference collection
Abstract This paper reviews the development of the This paper reviews the development of the subject encyclopedia as an information resource and evaluates its present role, with particular focus on the academic library. The paper looks especially at online subject encyclopedias and the extent to which academic libraries are facilitating and promoting access to these resources.g and promoting access to these resources.
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Conclusion "Does the subject encyclopedia have a futu"Does the subject encyclopedia have a future? If it does, the future is surely online; but do online encyclopedias even have a future? Perhaps the real question is this: will today’s students use encyclopedias? Or, to rephrase that question, does the term “encyclopedia” as a brand mean anything to Generation Y? Twenty years ago, all students coming to university had used encyclopedias— perhaps a set that proudly stood on its own shelves in the family living room, or else a set in the school or public library. The students understood and valued what an encyclopedia could do. If the concept of an encyclopedia still means anything to undergraduates today, then ironically this may be because of the much maligned Wikipedia, which has kept alive the model of a comprehensive information source divided into discrete articles written by different authors and providing a clear overview of specific topics, often with a list of further readings. If we think that our students still understand and value the encyclopedia as an information resource (and this is a question that probably merits further research), then why are we not promoting our encyclopedias more prominently on our websites? If we believe that subject encyclopedias have a future, and if we plan to continue spending large sums to buy them (in the sure and certain knowledge that publishers will keep producing them as long as libraries keep buying them), then we have to do more to facilitate and promote access to these valuable and expensive resources. To be used, they must be online. But being online is not enough: they must be easily findable and ideally cross-searchable so that we can leverage the variety of content and viewpoint in our entire electronic encyclopedia collection. It is only in this way that our encyclopedias can hope to provide a viable competitor (or complement) to Wikipedia. The alternative is to accept that the encyclopedia no longer has a place in today’s information environment. There are librarians who seem to have already reached that conclusion, if one is to judge from some of the subject pathfinders on library websites. Perhaps they are right. Ten years hence, the subject encyclopedia may be just another mythical creature from the distant past of reference work, along with printed journal indexes, telephone directories, and looseleaf news digests. If so, Bill Katz will be turning in his grave." (p. 168)tz will be turning in his grave." (p. 168)
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Has author John W. East +
Has domain Information science + , Knowledge management + , Library science +
Has topic Encyclopedias + , Knowledge source for scholars and librarians +
Issue 2  +
Month December  +
Pages 162-169  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in Reference and User Services Quarterly +
Publisher American Library Association +
Research design Conceptual  +
Research questions "The aim of this paper is to briefly revie"The aim of this paper is to briefly review the subject encyclopedia’s development as an information resource and to evaluate its present role, with particular focus on the academic library. This paper will look also at the question of online access to subject encyclopedias and the extent to which academic libraries are facilitating and promoting access to these resources." (p. 162) "Are subject encyclopedias still an important resource?" (p. 162)ias still an important resource?" (p. 162)
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Title 'The Rolls Royce of the library reference collection': The subject encyclopedia in the age of Wikipedia
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Url http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:226449  +
Volume 50  +
Wikipedia coverage Other  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
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Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 May 2012 08:14:08  +
Categories Encyclopedias  + , Knowledge source for scholars and librarians  + , Information science  + , Knowledge management  + , Library science  + , Publications with missing comments  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:31:31  +
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