ERIC Number: ED339374
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Issues in Library Technology: Insight, Foresight, and Prediction.
Smalls, Mary L.
Noting that technological developments will influence both library automation decisions and user expectations, this paper focuses on six issues involved in planning for the use of information technology in libraries: (1) perceiving the information technology needs of library users; (2) addressing their information technology needs; (3) planning to meet their information technology needs; (4) predicting the future of information technology; (5) considering the impact of library technology on library programs and services; and (6) noting concerns associated with the electronic access to and retrieval of information, including networking and licensing, leasing, and copyright concerns. A brief review of technological trends introduces discussions of each of the six issues. Each of these discussions identifies trends in that area and provides questions for consideration in planning, assessing, and evaluating the technological environment. The concluding summary advocates the use of information technology to integrate the research and educational communities, and predicts an advocacy role for future librarians as information, service, and technology providers. (21 references) (MAB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Summer Conference of the Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) (Myrtle Beach, SC, June 9-13, 1991). Published in the Conference Proceedings.