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Title:CATV as a Medium for Information Access
Author(s):Kenney, Brigitte L.
Subject(s):Libraries and television
Cable television
Abstract:While defining terms with which everyone is familiar may be boring, I will define information because I feel that some librarians do not believe in information, but only in the containers in which information comes; sometimes these are books, sometimes something else. Bear this in mind: I believe that librarians should deal with information, not containers. Information is a series of facts a datum, a picture, something quite static. Nothing happens to information until it is used, communicated, or transmitted. As this communication process takes place, as this picture or this fact is read, heard, or seen, something happens to the person receiving it. If he can relate the information to something he already knows, learning takes place. To complicate the picture, he may react emotionally, as well as intellectually, to the information. If an archconservative person finds out that one of his most deeply held beliefs has been thoroughly debunked, he will probably be angry. If you see a picture of a dead person, or a small baby in its mother's arms, or you hear a beautiful song, you will also react emotionally. Songs and paintings are information, because they convey a message when viewed, sent, or heard. Information, then, is something static that, when received by someone, evokes an intellectual or emotional response and, when related to previous knowledge, may result in learning.
Issue Date:1973
Publisher:Graduate School of Library Science. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:In C.E. Thomassen (ed). 1973. CATV and its implications for libraries : proceedings of a conference. Urbana, Il: Graduate School of Library Science: 38-51.
Series/Report:Allerton Park Institute (19th : 1973)
Genre:Conference Paper / Presentation
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Rights Information:Copyright owned by Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1972.
Date Available in IDEALS:2007-07-17

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