ERIC Number: ED311914
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
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Rethinking the Library in the Information Age: What Role for Research? [Summary of a Conference/Workshop on Building a Library Research Infrastructure (October 31-November 1, 1988)].
Holley, Edward G.; Kenan, William Rand, Jr.
The question "What is the role for research in library and information science?" lies at the heart of an ongoing project sponsored by the Office of Library Programs in the U.S. Department of Education. The project, which was begun in 1986-87, is designed to identify researchable issues that could help libraries attain or maintain a leadership position in the information society. This brief report summarizes the conclusions of a 2-day conference/workshop where reports covering the following topics were reviewed and discussed: (1) creating a model for research in library/information science research using the long-standing research university model as a prototype; (2) creating a think tank to act as an independent applied research organization (e.g., a library/information science Brookings Institute); (3) creating research-library-based infrastructures (e.g., research institutes and programs for visiting scholars, cooperative research grants, and research training); and (4) creating better mechanisms within professional associations to encourage and promote research. The conference was led by Robert M. Hayes, Dean of the UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and the 29 participants included young researchers and practitioners, supportive federal officials, and contributors to both the professional and research literature of library/information science. (SD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
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