Document Type


Publication Date

Winter 2002


Mississippi Library Association


Libraries traffic in information and librarians act as gateways to that inforrnation. One of their key roles involves enabling users io acccess information. This was at one time limited to the written word; however, with the integration of computers into the library, this has expanded to include the virtual word as well. The World Wide Web has presented new and unexplored vistas of informa· tion, and some have said it will replace the need for librarians entirely. lnstead of making librarians obsolete, the virtual world has merely presented a new challenge to librarians. The same needs for a physical library are present in the digital world: accessing materials for research, finding the locations of these materials, and verifying the authority and accuracy of these materials, as well as providing online access to research quality materials withhin their institution.



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