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ERIC Number: ED349003
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-11
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge Communities and Information Network Policies.
Young, Peter R.
The growing convergence of research library functions with a knowledge network infrastructure is beginning to have a transforming influence on the conduct of university research and instruction. Computing and communication network technologies are forcing a re-examination of institutional missions, the policies that support knowledge transmission, research productivity, scholarly communication, academic creativity, intellectual property ownership, and the values supporting intellectual inquiry, quality, and advancement within the university. These structural shifts are occurring within a dynamic context of organizational change. Greater awareness of the influence of electronic machines on learning will present new structures for the education of tomorrow's students, who will encounter interactive multimedia technology in conjunction with more traditional textual resources. Faculty members will use computer and audiovisual technology together to create course materials mixing film, video, graphics, sound, and text. More research is being performed by teams of specialists, often working in collegial networks or co-laboratories, and research libraries are moving towards networked information systems and access to shared resources from diverse collection sources. Those involved in these changes must engage in a rigorous exploration of the impact on professional and institutional values so that the changing infrastructure will reflect the creative systems, established conventions, scholarly customs, and social structures required to perpetuate the values of the scholarly community into the next century. (KRN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Information Infrastructure
Note: Yuri Nakata Lecture delivered at the Library of the University of Illinois at Chicago (12th, Chicago, IL, October 11, 1991).