ERIC Number: ED223258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-12
Reference Count: 0
New Technology and the Public Library. Final Report and Executive Summary.
Griffiths, Jose-Marie; King, Donald W.
This report presents current and potential library applications of new technologies, issues surrounding their introduction into public libraries, and activities suggested for use during the introduction procedure. A brief appraisal of the public library's role in the information transfer process precedes a review of library automation in acquisitions, cataloging, reference, circulation, and serial control activities. Increasing investment in computer, communications, and information technology on the part of publishers, database producers, and library users is discussed as well as the effect on libraries of electronic publishing, word processing, electronic mail, electronic document delivery, videodiscs, microcomputers, cable television, videotex, and teletext. An analysis of the issues involved in the introduction of new technology in public libraries concentrates on library funding and user charges, with shorter sections on questions of education and training, information quality control, copyright, invasion of privacy, and private/public sector relationships. Following a brief consideration of overcoming resistance to change, a planning outline for use in public libraries during the introduction of new technology is presented, which includes sections on how to get started, feasibility analysis and design, equipment selection and procurement, dealing with personnel and physical environment problems, and post-implementation evaluation. Sixty-one references, a glossary, and a list of consulting firms are provided. (ESR)
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Libraries and Learning Technologies (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Electronic Document Delivery; Electronic Mail; Electronic Publishing; Information Transfer; Library Funding; Library Users; User Fees; User Needs; Videodiscs