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ERIC Number: ED349004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-13
Reference Count: 0
Knowledge Network Values: Learning at Risk?
Young, Peter R.
The boundaries between various information, entertainment, and communication fields are shifting. The edges between our library systems and communication networks are becoming increasingly fuzzy. These fuzzy edges affect concepts of education, learning, and knowledge. The existing library paradigm does not easily accommodate the new, fluid and dynamic knowledge networks. Librarians need to identify the structures that are essential for perpetuating the values of the learning community into the knowledge networks of the future. Greater freedoms of access are possible with electronic networks, but greater restraints are also possible. Electronic impulses can be easily manipulated, modified, distorted, transmitted, and erased. International aspects of network access involve questions of different legal and regulatory structures. The protection of free speech and assurance of privacy in electronic network use are critical if society's freedoms are to be preserved. (KRN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the North Carolina Library Association (November 13, 1991).