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Title: Implications for librarianship of computer technology
Author(s): Hayes, Robert M.
Subject(s): Libraries --Automation Automatic data processing
Abstract: The complexity of our modern society science, technology, government, business has become so great that its very existence is made possible only through correspondingly complex mechanisms for communication, processing, storage, and retrieval of information about itself and the results of its functioning. This may appear to be overly dramatic, yet its truth is demonstrated by the ever increasing number of information centers, "data-banks," centralized files, and special libraries; the evidence for its importance lies in the ever increasing concern in science, technology, government, and business that these mechanisms meet their needs for information. The nature of those needs, wherever they exist, is that they are relatively ill -defined and represent a great variety of mutually conflicting requirements. The problem is to meet them within severe economic restraints, so that the "information system" does not itself become a burden. It is this which constitutes the challenge to librarianship, and all the concerns of the moment with "mechanization," with "centralized processing," with "economic operation," with "system analysis " are merely symptomatic, merely the evidence of the crying need for professional knowledge of how to meet the demands for information ill-defined though they are and severe though the economic restraints may be. Because librarianship does represent the sole existing source of professional knowledge and operating experience in the field of information handling as such, it is librarianship which now feels the pressure of these needs. If librarianship does not meet this challenge and fill the need for professional knowledge, someone else will, but in the process they then must develop the same tools and capabilities which librarianship now provides.
Issue Date: 1964
Publisher: Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In H. Goldhor, ed. (1964) Proceedings of the 1964 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 1-6.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (2nd : 1964)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1147
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1965.
Date Available in IDEALS: 2007-07-05
 

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