ERIC Number: ED163899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
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Input, Output, Throughput and Kaput. Position Paper on Technology. Response Prepared by Teresa Strozik.
Lowen, Walter; Wakefield, Rowan A.
A review of the history of libraries from the viewpoint of a speaker in the year 2080 describes the opposing trends of a shift of human values toward individuality and diversity, while technology was becoming more uniform. Man-computer relationships steadily replaced people-to-people relationships. While the cost of contact services rose, technological advances brought electronic service costs down. By 2030, most of one's time was spent putting information in or taking it out of communication devices. Information needs increased but libraries could not keep up. Huge data banks made retrieval inefficient. To combat these dehumanizing, and unfulfilling trends, people shifted back toward informal information exchange networks, browseries, and specialty information libraries. The response to this position paper argues that rather than having a dehumanizing effect, the computer is leading the consumer society away from mass-produced homogeneity. Technological intercommunication including teleconferencing is increasing leisure time. The symbiotic person/computer relationship will free the person for human interaction, development, and creativity. Rather than a schism between library science and information science people, librarians should act to utilize information science to further the needs of its own development. (Author/MBR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Position paper and response prepared for the New York State Governor's Conference on Libraries