e-Libraries and e-Shopping

Roger Clarke

Principal, Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra

Visiting Fellow, Department of Computer Science, Australian National University

Version of 24 October 2000

Notes to accompany an invited presentation to a session of the Australian Library and Information Association Conference, ALIA2000, in Canberra, 25 October 2000

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The presentation comprises a set of PowerPoint slides.


The Programme Committee invited four speakers to address the general topic of 'Consumer needs in the information society'. I was specifically asked to consider the interaction between electronic shopping and libraries.

A series of models are first examined, including shopping, marketspaces, 'spontaneous procurement', 'deliberative procurement', the Internet, and Internet access. These are juxtaposed against a model of libraries in the information age.

Several scenarios are then developed, which involve libraries as natural sources of support for purchasing-related activities. These centre around information about goods and services, information goods and services, and trust questions, with particular reference to anonymity and pseudonymity.

Attention is drawn to the dire threat of a new dark ages arising. This is because e-publishing and e-sharing threaten powerful organisations, and they may be able to harness information technology to protect their interests, at the cost of public access to information.

The other speakers in the session, and their contributions, were:

Source Materials

This presentation was a further development on a stream of work the author has undertaken over the last decade or so, which has resulted in many papers.

Generally, see:

Clarke R. (1993-94) 'Electronic Support for Research Practice: The Inadequacy of Economic Analysis in a Time of Revolutionary Change' Proc. Conf. 'Changes in Scholarly Communication Patterns: Australia and the Electronic Library', Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 14-16 April 1993, revised version published in The Information Society 10,1 (March 1994)

Clarke R. (1996) Virtual Chewing Gum on Virtual Library Seats? Human Behaviour in Electronic Communities, Keynote Address and the Conference of the Victorian Automated Library Association (VALA), Melbourne, 31 January 1996

Clarke R. (1997) 'Electronic Publishing: A Specialised Form of Electronic Commerce', Proc. 10th International Electronic Commerce Conf., Bled, Slovenia, June 1997

Clarke R. (1997) 'Beyond the Dublin Core: Rich Meta-Data and Convenience-of-Use Are Compatible After All', June 1997

Clarke R. (1999) 'Key Issues in Electronic Commerce and Electronic Publishing', Proc. Information Online and On Disc 99, Sydney, 19 - 21 January 1999

Clarke R. & Dempsey G. (1999) 'Electronic Trading in Copyright Objects and Its Implications for Universities', Proc. Conf. Australian EDUCAUSE'99 Conference, Sydney, 18-21 April 1999. Section 4 also appeared in the Australian Intellectual Property Law Bulletin 11, 8 (March 1999) 77-81

Clarke R. (1999) 'The Willingness of Net-Consumers to Pay: A Lack-of-Progress Report', 12th International Bled Electronic Commerce Conference, Bled, Slovenia, June 7 - 9, 1999

Clarke R. (1999) 'Information Wants to be Free', August 1999

Clarke R. (1999) 'Freedom of Information? The Internet as Harbinger of the New Dark Ages', Proc. Conf. Freedom of Information and the Right to Know, Communications Law Centre and the International Commission of Jurists, Melbourne, 19-20 August 1999. Republished in First Monday 4, 11 (November 1999)

Clarke R. (2000) 'Electronic Publishing Workshop', June 2000

Clarke R., Higgs P.L. & Dempsey G. (2000) 'Key Design Issues in Marketspaces for Intellectual Property Rights' Proc. 13th International EC Conference, Bled, Slovenia, 19-21 June 2000

Clarke R. & Nees S. (2000) 'Technological Protections for Digital Copyright Objects', Proc. 8th Euro. Conf. Infor. Sys. (ECIS'2000), July 2000, Vienna Uni. of Economics & Business Administration, Vienna, 3-5 July 2000, at pp. 745-752


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