ERIC Number: ED057876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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A Hypothetical Plan for a Library-Information Network.
Licklider, Joseph C. R.
The first section briefly describes a library-information network of the kind that could exist at the end of this century if the society gave it a priority not often given to knowledge and understanding. The second section suggests that what the present library-information "system" most obviously lacks and most critically needs is the analog of a nervous system -- which is to say, of course, an appropriate computer-communication network. The third section briefly describes the ARPA Network which is now coming into being, and which sharpens many of the technical concepts that must figure in a plan for a library-information network. Although the plan described in this paper is unrealistically simple it is complex in three ways: (1) it deals with an extended future; (2) it recognizes that there are several ways to proceed toward more or less the same desideratum and (3) it deals with a highly pluralistic activity and a very complex technology -- and must therefore be "read complexly" even though stated in oversimple paragraphs. (Other papers from this conference are available as LI 003360 - 003388 and LI 003390) (Author/NH)
Descriptors: Conferences, Information Networks, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Models, Planning
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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