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Title:Cable Television as an Information Tool
Author(s):Dowlin, Kenneth E.
Subject(s):Libraries and television
Cable television
Abstract:Public libraries are going through a period of great change. Historically they have provided the majority of their services to educated people; have emphasized collection development in the area of literature and history; and have been essentially a middle-class institution. For public libraries not only to survive, but to play an important role in the community, they must change their operations to reflect the idea that information is their most important product. Most libraries say that they do provide information, but few of them consider information in its fullest context. The information I refer to could be provided by one institution. Not only information needed for education and self-education, but information needed for everyday life should be provided. Having done many home projects, I am very much aware of the information problems for these kinds of activities. For example, where does one go to find the best bonding agent for putting paneling on a cement wall? Most people ask their lumber yard, which, in many cases, knows the answer. Many public libraries have on their shelves magazines such as Popular Mechanics which can answer these questions, but the person needing the information immediately seldom thinks of the library as a source of this kind of information.
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: 66-69.
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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