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Title:Information and Information Service Centers
Author(s):Drennan, Henry T.
Subject(s):Libraries and community
Social service --Information services
Reference services (Libraries)
Community information services
Abstract:All of us utilize information in our lives. Librarians and information scientists value it most highly since their lives are spent in gathering, ordering, storing, and distributing it. A very few in these professions produce information, although all live by it. For all people, however, information is used to reduce the uncertainty of nature. 1 Those in information professions often puzzle over the relatively small use (in their estimation) that the general public makes of their informational product. This concern may be somewhat alarmist. Most of us live in a data -rich society, even, it sometimes seems, in a data -saturated system, and many persons may be evolving immunity mechanisms to the overload. Still, many in the information professions are haunted by the suspicion that a data-rich environment may be a decision-poor environment. Many librarians and information specialists are particularly concerned by the low use of informational services by those perceived as requiring this reinforcement of their environmental competencethe poor. These professions have given a good deal of discussion, with some implementation, to new modes of organization more responsive to this target group. As yet sufficient attention has not been paid to reducing the costs of information to the poor, although we have been developing concepts and a few operational examples.
Issue Date:1971
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In C.L. Kronus and L. Crowe (eds). 1971. Libraries and neighborhood information centers; papers presented at an institute conducted by the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science, October 24-27, 1971. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 91-99.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (17th : 1971)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1971.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-17

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