1979: The Role of the Library in an Electronic Society

 

16th Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing (1979). Edited by F.W. Lancaster.

The sixteenth annual Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing was held at the Illini Union, University of Illinois, April 22-25, 1979. This conference differed somewhat from its predecessors. Instead of focusing on library automation per se, we chose to look at various manifestations of electronic communication in the world around us (including electronic publication, computer conferencing and electronic mail), to consider present and probable future capabilities of electronic processing and, most importantly, to study the implications of these developments for libraries and librarians. The altered character of this particular conference caused it to differ from its predecessors in another way: most of the papers in 1979 were presented by leaders in fields outside of librarianship itself.

The complete text of the proceedings is available here as well as the individual papers. The papers included here are:

The Proceedings of the Clinic on Library Applications of Data Processing have been digitized through the Open Content Alliance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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  • Williams, Martha E. (Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1979)
    Prior to discussing my views on the future directions of machine-readable data bases and their use, it is appropriate to indicate the point of departure. The history of the use of machine-readable data bases by the ...

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  • Turoff, Murray; Hiltz, Starr Roxanne (Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1979)
    It has become common parlance that we are entering the "Information Age." We would like to take the reader with us on an exploratory voyage to the edge of some current information-age computer technology that may transform ...

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  • Salton, Gerald (Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1979)
    The combination of large memory capacities, intelligent front-end devices for user/system interaction, and distributive computing methodologies have changed the outlook for the mechanization of library processes. Accordingly, ...

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  • Roistacher, Richard C. (Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1979)
    I believe that our mixed record of success and failure described here is indicative of what must be done to ensure for virtual journals a significant level of readership. Our failures have involved people possessing all ...

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  • de Solla Price, Derek (Graduate School of Library Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign., 1979)
    I want to emphasize the likelihood of enormous change in the course of adapting to the new technologies. These technologies will give rise to quite a new and essentially human need from librarians and information scientists, ...

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