ERIC Number: ED237107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
The Shattered Stereotype: The Academic Library in Technological Transition.
Foster, Constance L.
In academic libraries, neither technical services, public services, nor administration has escaped the impact of online information systems. Online catalogs, network systems, interlibrary lending, database searches, circulation control, automated technical processes, and an increasing number of non-book materials are part of a technological transition that will transform libraries into dynamic information centers. Library directors will still face pressures of accountability and new decisions for the most efficient use of computers within existing and new library operations. Budgets must include line items for retraining librarians. The issue of fees for services in database searching and interlibrary loan is critical, and assessment of the best methods for teaching patrons how to take advantage of this explosion of information means increased commitment of library resources and personnel. The library profession will assume a new identity as it incorporates the theories and practices of information science into graduate programs and existing libraries. Despite the applications of computer technology to library functions, however, what still remains is users, staff, and materials, the triad of past, present, and future libraries. Twenty-nine references are listed. (Author/LMM)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Oriented Programs, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Networks, Library Personnel, Library Role, Library Services, Library Technical Processes, Online Systems, State of the Art Reviews, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Library Users
Note: Paper presented at the Mid-Year Conference of the American Society for Information Science (Lexington, KY, May 23-25, l983).