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Towards a generic model of information and library services in the information age

Peter Brophy (Centre for Research in Library & Information Management (Cerlim) Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester M15 6LL)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 1 April 2000

Abstract

As libraries and information services address the needs of users in an increasingly networked environment, there is a need for theoretical models to underpin research, development and practice. The characteristics and roles of traditional libraries and information services are described, and a variety of predictions about their future are examined. A number of recent models of the ‘electronic’ or ‘digital’ library are analysed, and the concept of the ‘hybrid’ library is described. On this basis a generic model of the library, using that term in its broadest sense, is developed. A number of application areas are identified.

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Citation

Brophy, P. (2000), "Towards a generic model of information and library services in the information age", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 56 No. 2, pp. 161-184. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007113

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