The Law Library in an Information Age: It is Time to Do Away with the Local Online Catalog and Focus on Research Guides and Digital Content
University of Washington
June 22, 2014
This paper explores the relevance of the local public library catalog as a finding aid when information is digital. The current library catalog cannot compete with other online solutions. For law libraries, this is especially true as legal content providers like Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Bloomberg offer integrated legal resources. Libraries should give up local control of the catalog and use centralized locations. Libraries must create new solutions for finding, evaluating, selecting, and hosting resources. One possible solution is to focus on robust research guides. Another solution is to host valuable digital content with rich metadata that can be manipulated by machines/computer algorithms.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: Library, Catalog, Law Library, Research Guide, Semantic, Metadataworking papers series
Date posted: June 23, 2014 ; Last revised: November 21, 2014
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