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Program F - Part 1

An Embarrassment of Riches

Ruth Wallach
Acting Head, Doheny Reference Center
University of Southern California

This paper is geared towards librarians who frequently work with faculty and graduate students, and will summarize our experience in organizing and conducting several subject specific workshops on using the Internet as a research medium. It will examine the practical issues on how to approach the task of teaching researchers something new and the more theoretical question on whether such workshops afford a new collaborative environment between librarians and specialists in particular disciplines. How do we negotiate the hype created by the rapid accessibility to resources on the Internet and the conservatism often present in academic settings? Does the ready availability of the Internet on many academic campuses affect the relationship between the librarian and the researcher? And finally, is this all a great big hype, masquerading as research, which detracts us from doing our professional work?

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