Library Trends 42 (4) Spring 1994: Libraries and the Internet: Education, Practice, & Policy


Library Trends 42 (4) Spring 1994: Libraries and the Internet: Education, Practice, & Policy. Edited by Thomas D. Walker.

Many people consider the Internet to be a living, growing, world brain-like organism with a life of its own. Upon reflection, and as the following articles indicate, it may well be living and growing, but its life, which is not self-sustaining, depends on many factors. We know its health depends on the existence of conscientious hosts and users; we know less about the future of its political, economic, educational, social, and cultural life. The need for research related to electronic networking and networked resources is manifold. It is important to develop storage, retrieval, and communications technologies. It is as vital that we understand the organization of the networks themselves as it is to come to terms with the range of sources present on them. There exists a social imperative for us to manage the Internet and its successors within the contexts of its economic and political environments.

Some of these problems are addressed in this issue of Library Trends, which is intended to present to the general information community research concerned primarily with external research networks. Several major aspects of the Internet and networked resources are addressed: accessibility; organizational problems; policy; educational issues; library and other applications; evaluation; and the potential of networks and networked information as aids in research.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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