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  • Show title slide. Westminster traditionally a library authority with strength in Information Services. Until 10 years ago information services largely uncoordinated, with in effect 2 central reference libraries, each monolithic in scope 1997 Information Strategy introduced, developing complementarity, reducing duplication, and democratising access Community Development Librarian and Information Development Librarian posts working together to improve the effectiveness of central information resources and reduce the dependence of smaller libraries on them Development of electronic information services a central plank in the strategy - shifting the collections emphasis to services, and making the collections of the central libraries more accessible to customers remotely.
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    1. 1. The Development of Electronic Information Services in Westminster Libraries Michael Lightowlers
    2. 2. The Importance of Being Electronic <ul><li>Traditional resources not redundant </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing trends </li></ul><ul><li>A different landscape </li></ul><ul><li>Expectations </li></ul>
    3. 3. Categories of resources <ul><li>Stand-alone CD-ROM </li></ul><ul><li>Networked CD-ROM </li></ul><ul><li>Web resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-house resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>External links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web subscriptions </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Westminster Libraries Information Gateway <ul><li>Initially a staff resource </li></ul><ul><li>Public site based on existing categorisation scheme </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of sites by libraries’ staff </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion to staff through Web Treasure Hunt </li></ul>
    5. 5. Westminster Libraries Information Gateway (2) <ul><li>32 subject categories plus Quick Reference and Search the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Each page features Key Links and sub-categories, plus links to related categories and sub-categories </li></ul><ul><li>Reference apparatus featuring listings of sub-categories, current awareness, and the rationale </li></ul>
    6. 6. Directing library resources... <ul><li>Subscription sites </li></ul><ul><li>Web resources linked to print subscriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Remote access? </li></ul><ul><li>Ensuring local access </li></ul>
    7. 7. Future Plans <ul><li>ONELOG </li></ul><ul><li>WULOP </li></ul>
    8. 8. Contact me! <ul><li>Michael Lightowlers </li></ul><ul><li>Information Service Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Marylebone Library </li></ul><ul><li>109-117 Marylebone Road </li></ul><ul><li>LONDON </li></ul><ul><li>NW1 5PS </li></ul><ul><li>020 7641 1031 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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