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Title: Libraries and Mainframe Computers, or When Do You Need a 747?
Author(s): Shaw, Debora
Subject(s): Machine-readable bibliographic data Database management Libraries --Data processing
Abstract: In consideration of the long-standing title of these meetings as "clinics on library applications of data processing," we should remind ourselves that data processing is a means of improving the work of libraries as information-handling systems. Information has been defined as "data placed in context" (Loomis, 1987, p. 3) with the database as one part of the context, and the library another. We are also concerned with data from the system's viewpoint, noting that one goal of database management has been to "create more independence of the data from the programs that access them" (Lucas, 1986, p. 220). These quotations highlight important aspects of how databases and their associated software have evolved, and how they are viewed by current developers and knowledgeable users. Data are an essential component of information, and hence of information systems, including libraries. Because of their enormous processing power compared with manual filing and retrieval systems, computers can be used to create a revolution in library services. It is therefore incumbent on librarians and information specialists to understand and make the best possible use of computer power in information handling.
Issue Date: 1989
Publisher: Graduate School of Library and Information Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info: In C.H. Davis, ed. 1989. Database management--how much power is enough? : issues for librarians and information scientists. Papers presented at the 1989 Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library and Information Science: 6-14.
Series/Report: Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (26th : 1989)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1262
ISBN: 0-87845-082-3
ISSN: 0069-4789
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Rights Information: Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1989.
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