ERIC Number: ED235827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Libraries in an Information Age.
Duttweiler, Robert W.
The future role of libraries will develop as a consequence of social, technological, political, economic, and educational factors that are evident today, including: (1) the development of an information society and the question of paper versus paperless means of transmitting information; (2) the growing use of micrographics, telecommunications, videotex, and home computers; (3) the copyright issue and the need for a national information policy; (4) seriously limited library funding levels, the development of fee-based information services, and the information equity question; and (5) the scope of information careers and the types of degrees obtained by information professionals. These factors indicate that libraries will play an active support role in the future. Historically the three main functions of a library have been to collect, preserve, and retrieve information. Fundamental changes are occurring in library procedures due to networking and the development of online cataloging, interlibrary loans, acquisitions, and information retrieval. A cooperative network of resource sharing libraries will probably evolve in the future with service, not storage, as the primary library function. An extensive bibliography is included. (Author/ESR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Information Technology