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Title: CATV and Libraries: Issues and Challenges
Author(s): Shank, Russell
Subject(s): Libraries and television Cable television
Abstract: The rise of cable television is only one of the technical manifestations of several major social changes taking place that involve the manner, the content, and the intensity of communication among people. The true challenges of cable television to librarianship can be discerned only through an understanding of these changes. It is in this context that this is written. The first major change to be noted is the advent of the information age which is rapidly supplanting the industrial age. The information age has been spawned by society's increasing reliance on an almost overwhelming growth in the amount of data and information being generated, for varied, and often overlapping, missions. There is so much data and information that even those who generate it have trouble coping with its meaning. Politics, actions, decisions of all kinds in all sectors of society are more and more sustained by information technology. In the words of a recent Conference Board report: Advances in the storage, retrieval, processing and distribution of information make up the central technological achievements of the twentieth century's third quarter. Within two decades these new information technologies have become an indispensable part of the web that hold society together. If it had to get along without these technologies, the business life of the United States would be imperiled to the point of disaster. The new ways of handling information have brought about fundamental changes in governmental and political processes. They have altered the psychological and cultural attitudes of hundreds of millions who have only the haziest notions of how the new technology works.
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: 81-90.
Series/Report: Allerton Park Institute (19th : 1973)
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Language: English
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/1616
ISSN: 0536-4604
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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