ERIC Number: ED333880
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Steady Habits and Wooden Nutmegs; Connecticut Libraries in the Year 2000.
Stevens, Norman D.
By the year 2000, Connecticut libraries in general will be organized as they now are, serve most of the needs that they currently do, continue to focus on books as their primary stock-in-trade, and look and function very much as they do today. By 2000, however, their basic services will be augmented and strengthened by the use of information technology. The broad access currently provided to books and to audio and video materials, microforms, online databases, and CD-ROM products will be broadened to encompass additional information technologies as they become established and affordable. By 2000, a comprehensive Connecticut Library and Information Network (CLIN) will be coordinating local and regional cooperative library activities and providing a range of statewide services. Remote access to, and delivery of, information will be widely and readily available. Using emerging technology, it will be possible for the CLIN to have in place before the end of this decade the first statewide universal library borrower's card. Each card will contain an electronic user account number and encoded information on the holder's borrowing records, and that, or another card, will also furnish a cash/debit account for fee-based or reciprocal services. In close cooperation with SNETCO, which has responsibility for telecommunication services for Connecticut, CLIN will also arrange, during the coming decade, to emulate throughout the State of Minitel system currently at use in France. This system will be based on the free distribution to all telephone subscribers of a compact computer terminal that will support direct 24-hour-a-day access to a wide variety of information services. It should be recognized, however, that the 1990s will also see an increasing disparity, in Connecticut as elsewhere, in equity of access to library and information services, and this problem must be seriously addressed. (BBM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Library, Hartford.
Identifiers: Connecticut; White House Conference Library Info Services
Note: Published for the Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services (Waterbury, CT, May 22-24, 1990).