Volume 13, Issue 2

September 2003


Evaluation of web-based search engines using user-effort measures
Muh-Chyun Tang and Ying Sun, School of Information, Communication and Library Studies, Rutgers University

Adoption of online databases in public libraries: an Australian case study
Kirsty Williamson, School of Information Management and Systems, Monash University and School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University
Steven Wright, Research Fellow, Information and Telecommunications Needs Research, School of Information Management and Systems, Monash University
Frada Burstein, Associate Professor, School of Information Management and Systems, Monash University
Don.Schauder, Professor and Chair, School of Information Management and Systems, Monash University


In this issue we have three essays about technology by librarians who work in very different environments. Joseph Jones steps back after 20 years as an academic librarian to view philosophically how information literacy relates to technology and how the teaching and access techniques we have developed in a book culture must change in a technological culture. In her essay, Joan Shaw also steps back to assess and critique the six years she has spent as a teacher-librarian on a “raging” river of technology, trying to integrate IT into library programs while retaining some of the best aspects of paper-based resources – all the while struggling with insufficient numbers of workable computers. Rachel Singer Gordon views technology in a job-related context as she examines the responsibilities of a systems librarian. She maintains that a traditional “library” education provides a sound background for systems librarianship.
Taken as a group, these three essays provide excellent evidence of the different ways librarians view and cope with technological challenges.

Ann Curry
Editor – Essays and Opinions

Overcoming the systems librarian imposter syndrome
Rachel Singer Gordon

A working academic librarian’s perspective on information technology literacy
Joseph Jones

Navigating a raging river: a Canadian teacher-librarian’s experience implementing information technology
Joan Shaw

LIBRES Editorial Board for this issue:
Kerry Smith (Editor-in-Chief)
Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia

Section Editors
Scott Seaman ( Research and Applications Editor)

Ann Curry (Essays and Opinions Editor)

Suzanne Milton (Reviews Editor)

Kerry Smith (News, Meetings Editor)
Curtin University of Technology

Managing Editors
Marika Auret (Web Manager)
Curtin University of Technology

Derek Silvester (Technical Manager)
Curtin University of Technology