While worlds are certainly colliding in the information industry, ASIDIC's spring meeting -- held March 16-March 18 in Las Vegas, NV, -- helped negotiate users through the virtual cosmos. Many collisions are occurring simultaneously, creating dangers to legacy systems, but they are also providing new and expanding market opportunities. Keynote speaker Jane Burke, VP and general manager of Serials Solutions, noted that the previous model of researchers going to a library to search through large collections of print volumes is gone. Even though libraries still have their book collections, the nature of today's collection activity has changed. Libraries are buying lots of electronic content today in many different forms. The shift from physical to digital delivery of information has created new requirements and opportunities for delivering effective library experiences. The information industry has traditionally been slow to respond to new marketplace forces.
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