ERIC Number: ED281526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Quiet, Computer at Work.
Libraries are becoming information access points, not just book repositories. With greater distribution of printed materials, increased use of optical disks and other compact storage techniques, the emergence of publication on demand, and the proliferation of electronic databases, libraries without large collections will be able to provide prompt access to materials. The library of the future will not be judged by the size of its collection, but by its success in providing information quickly and accurately. Technology and a national library network will free libraries from many routine chores of processing and locating information. By using telecommunications it will be possible for researchers to do a comprehensive search for information on a topic without ever leaving home. Books will always be the backbone of the library, however, and the use of computer technology does not mean a loss of human contact for the patron. Library users will always want and need to talk to a librarian. (MES)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Databases, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Information Retrieval, Information Seeking, Librarians, Library Automation, Library Networks, Library Services, Shared Library Resources, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information), Users (Information)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Student paper, Georgia Southwestern College.