ERIC Number: ED057871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Some Social Considerations of Networking.
New technologies of information handling are going to produce fundamental changes in the social structure. If we accept the statement that the book "upset the educational monopoly of the Church," we inevitably wonder what monopolies may tumble in the electronic wake of the computer. We are not dealing with a simple difference of degree but, rather a difference of kind. It is always tempting to try to gain reassurance by pointing out similarities between an innovation and our accustomed way of doing things, but it is false reassurance when we are faced with a change in kind and still act as though we were in complete continuity with the past. The major contribution to the history and philosophy of science made in the last ten years is that science is not an unbroken, steady accumulation of knowledge that continuously adds to our understanding of natural phenomena. Today we are faced with this kind of disjuncture with the past. (Other papers from this conference are available as LI 003360 - 003383 and LI 003385 through LI 003390) (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Conferences, Data Processing, Information Networks, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Social Influences
In "Proceedings of the Conference on Interlibrary Communications and Information Networks," edited by Joseph Becker. American Library Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, Ill. 60611 ($15.00)
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Sponsor: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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