The world community of the beginning of the third millennium is characterized by a number of features to which it is necessary to refer, first of all, the increased importance of the intellectual work focused on use of information resource of global scale and need for implementation of expeditious communication between certain experts, social and professional groups, communities of people, public organizations and the states.
The role of information and communications in development of society always was considerable, and the break made in the sphere of information and telecommunication technologies allowed to unite the computers which are in various points of the world in a uniform Network. As a result society started creation of uniform world information space, or, world information resources. The most important elements of electronic part of world information space are professional bases, business resources the Internet, electronic libraries.
Increase of a role of information product as the tendency of development of information society defines need for processing of escalating volumes of information, need for various forms of perception of information, and also need for relevance and accuracy of information. Successful realization of stages of work with resources, whether it be testing or service of users, directly depends on existence of skills of work with a resource. Competence of library workers of a scope of electronic resources that in turn allows to serve with higher quality than readers and more effectively to use resources. Ability to find the necessary information and to use it in the activity – the obligatory requirement imposed to the expert of any profile. The modern expert has to be able:
• to define information requirements for the solution of a specific objective;
• to use information resources taking into account the existing legislative and ethical standards;
• to get access to information resources;
• to give a professional assessment to information;
• to use information found in world resources at the solution of professional tasks.
Today license and open electronic resources are an integral part of fund of many libraries. And if a few years ago full text databases were available, as a rule, to users of scientific and high school libraries, now readers of libraries have such access. For last years considerable experience with license and open electronic resources is saved up, and libraries are ready to share it with readers. Here are presented databases on some leading world information resources for specialists of libraries:
The web site of Cambridge JOURNALS: http://www.journals.cambridge.org/
The web site of East View: http://dlib.eastview.com/
The web site of Library and Archives Canada: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/
The web site of Royal Society Publishing: http://www.royalsocietypublishing.org/
The web site of JSTOR: http://www.jstor.org
The web site of ProQuest: http://www.proquest.com/