Library Trends 37 (3) Winter 1989: Contemporary Technology in Libraries


Library Trends 37 (3) Winter 1989: Contemporary Technology in Libraries. Edited by Beth M. Paskoff.

This issue of Library Trends on contemporary technology presents a view of the impact of technological change in libraries. The nine articles examine the ways in which librarians are applying technology to their collections, to their services to users, and to the management of the library. As librarians, we are aware every day of changes brought about by technology. This phenomenon is not new to the profession. Libraries have always been among the first social institutions to utilize new technologies, whether it was the introduction of incandescent lights in the stacks or public access copy machines.

We began planning this Library Trends issue more than two years ago. Contemporary technology is a very dynamic aspect of librarian-ship, and some of the applications of technology that were considered innovative at that time have now become well established in libraries. Other applications of technology are still in their formative stages or have not materialized as we expected them to. It will be interesting for us to read in some future issue of Library Trends how librarians in the next century will evaluate the ways their predecessors utilized technology in the 1980s

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