Is digital different?

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/09/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Transforming the information landscape in ways that were scarcely imaginable a decade ago, the digital environment is challenging the very existence of the traditional library and archive as more resources become available online and computers and supporting networks become more powerful. “Is Digital Different?: How Information Creation, Capture, Preservation and Discovery are Being Transformed,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, brings together global experts to explore the role of information professionals in the transition from analog to digital environments. Editors Michael Moss and Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, with Marc J. Dupuis and their team of contributors, draw on examples of the impact of other new and emerging technologies on the information sciences in the past. The book emphasizes that information systems have always been shaped by available technologies that have transformed the creation, capture, preservation and discovery of content. Key topics include:

  • search in the digital environment;
  • RDF and the Semantic Web;
  • crowd sourcing and engagement between institutions and individuals;
  • development of information management systems;
  • security, and the management of online risk;
  • long term curation and preservation;
  • rights and the Commons; and
  • finding archived records in the digital age.

Moss is professor of archival science at the University of Northumbria, UK. Previously, he was research professor in archival studies in the Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute at the University of Glasgow, where he directed the Information Management and Preservation MSc program. He is a non-executive director of the National Records of Scotland and until 2014 a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Archives and Records. In 2015 he was Miegunyah distinguished fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Endicott-Popovsky, Ph.D., is executive director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity at the University of Washington, director of the Master of Cybersecurity and Leadership program, Academic director for the Masters in Infrastructure Planning and Management in the Urban Planning Department of the School of Built Environments and was named department fellow at Aberystwyth University Wales, UK (2012).

Dupuis, Ph.D., is a researcher and lecturer with the University of Washington as well as the director of Human Factors for the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC). His main focus is on understanding the information security behavior of individuals, including issues related to decision making and the user experience.

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, is the leading publisher of books for library and information professionals worldwide. ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide. Contact us at (800) 545-2433 ext. 5052 or