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Title:Electronic information and the functional integration of libraries, museums, and archives
Author(s):Rayward, W. Boyd
Abstract:The increasing availability in electronic form of information generally and of new kinds of information more particularly will lead to a redefinition and integration of the different categories of "information" organisations. Traditionally these have been created to manage different formats and media such as print and its surrogates (libraries), objects (museums), and the paper records of organisational activity (archives and records repositories). Differences in organisational philosophy, function. and technique have arisen from the exigencies presented by these different formats and media. These exigencies no longer apply in the same way when there is a common electronic format. It is clear that if electronic sources of information are to be effectively managed for future access by historians and others, differences between libraries, archives and museums will largely have to disappear and their different philosophies, functions and techniques integrated in ways that are as yet unclear.
Issue Date:1998
Publisher:Clarendon Press
Citation Info:Published in: History and Electronic Artefacts. Edited by Edward Higgs. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998, pp 207-226
Genre:Book Chapter
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Date Available in IDEALS:2009-01-17

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