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Digital culture: the shifting paradigm of systems librarians and systems departments

Rene J. Erlandson

Introduction

The changing identity of libraries has been the topic of many articles and books in recent years. Most of these discourses center on the cultural shift from the traditional conceptual model of library as a place, to a vision of a library that defies physical and geographic boundaries. At the core of these discussions is the understanding that libraries are not static institutions. The shared cultural understanding or definition of 'library' has developed over time and will continue to evolve. Today, the library is at once a building, a collection, a staff, an assortment of services and a disembodied virtual entity. Are there ...

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