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Title:The role of the library in an electronic society
Author(s):Lancaster, F.W.; Drasgow, Laura S.; Marks, Ellen B.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Library science --Data processing
Future technology trends
Disruptive technologies
Abstract:In 1978 the Library Research Center of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to investigate the impact of a paperless society on the research library of the future. The basic premise underlying our ongoing research is that many types of publications can be distributed more effectively in electronic form and that, in fact, future economic factors will dictate that they be distributed electronically. Within the long history of human communication, the print-on-paper era will prove to be a short one: a period of little more than 500 years. Clearly, we are evolving out of this paper-based era into one that is electronic. We are presently in a transitional phase in the natural evolution from paper to electronic communication. This transitional phase appears to have three major characteristics: ( 1 ) the computer is presently used to print on paper, (2) printed data bases exist side by side with their machine-readable counterparts, and (3) new data bases are emerging only in electronic form. By and large, machine-readable data bases have not yet replaced print-on-paper data bases, but this will undoubtedly occur quite soon.
Issue Date:1979
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In The role of the library in an electronic society: Papers presented at the 1979 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing, ed. F.W. Lancaster. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 162-191.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (16th : 1979)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Sponsor:This paper is drawn from research supported by the National Science Foundation, Division of Information Science and Technology (DSI-78-04768).
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois 1979.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-02

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