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Title:Technology alone is not enough
Author(s):Wigington, Ronald L.
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Library science --Data processing
Information technology
Abstract:Many have traced the evolution of information transfer from drawings on the walls of caves to inscriptions on stone tablets, to scribes writing on papyrus or other early forms of paper, to "Gutenberg technology." By now it has become trite to mention that computer and electronic communications together represent another revolution in the transfer and utilization of knowledge. Yet I mention it because we have only scratched the surface in understanding and using these mechanisms for supporting human learning and for facilitating human decision-making. We are rapidly approaching the point at which the mechanical and inherent cost impediments of media and mechanisms for information transfer and knowledge production will disappear as limitations to reaching the full potential of information systems. With these impediments out of the way, what is left to inhibit knowledge creation and dissemination are the arrangements necessary to derive the revenue for supporting the information processing, distribution and use mechanisms, and, most of all, the limitations of human intelligence to deal with complex situations.
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: 3-12.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (18th : 1981)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
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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