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Title: The Microcomputer Catalyst
Author(s): Fosdick, Howard
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Library science --Data processing Information technology
Abstract: Microcomputer it is a word many of us first heard only a couple of years ago. Yet the technology this word represents holds promise of tremendous change. The changes catalyzed by microcomputing and its associated technologies may alter the fundamental nature of information handling in all its forms. This, of course, means that libraries and information centers will be profoundly affected by this new technology. This paper attempts to indicate some possible directions of the changes prompted by microcomputing technology. However, these ideas are offered only with the disclaimer that technology in this area is developing so rapidly that no one involved in computing can fully understand its implications. Hardware designers and software engineers involved in microcomputing are themselves still attempting to discern the values and possible uses of microcomputers. The only "given" most would agree upon is the recognition that microcomputers will alter the basic manner in which computers are used and viewed in our society.
Issue Date: 1981
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Citation Info: In New information technologies--new opportunities: Papers presented at the 1981 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Ed. Linda C. Smith. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 13-27.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (18th : 1981)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1117
ISBN: 0-87845-066-1
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Copyright 1981 Board of Trustees of University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-02
 

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