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Title:Terminal Paralysis or Showdown at the Interface
Author(s):Fine, Sara
Subject(s):Libraries --Automation
Library personnel management
Online library catalogs
Library catalogs and users
Abstract:In 1978, the first of a series of national research studies was undertaken at the University of Pittsburgh on a phenomenon that was beginning to attract attention in librarianship resistance to technological innovation. 1 The application of technology to libraries was already in full swing and attention to the "barriers" to innovation and implementation was just beginning to hit the literature. Librarians, it seemed to some, were not moving fast enough. Librarians just did not seem to understand what was good for them. The reasons? The library literature gave plenty of reasons because librarians are fearful, timid, traditional, too lazy to learn, too entrenched in their ways, too possessive of their territory. In short, librarians were resistant to change. Resistance was seen as a single and simple phenomenon, a diagnostic label applied without discrimination to any behavior not seen as progressive or innovative or decisive. Resistance was an accusation, an exhortation, a cause for irritation and frustration to those who designed and planned for and then managed technological innovation.
Issue Date:1985
Publisher:Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In D. Shaw, ed. 1985. Human aspects of library automation : helping staff and patrons cope: Papers presented at the 1985 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 3-15.
Series/Report:Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (22nd : 1985)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1985.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-10

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