ERIC Number: ED366292
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Delivering Electronic Information in a Knowledge-Based Democracy. Summary of Proceedings (Washington, DC, July 14, 1993).
Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
The Library of Congress hosted a 1-day conference, "Delivering Electronic Information in a Knowledge-Based Democracy" to explore the public policy framework essential to creating electronic information resources and making them broadly available. Participants from a variety of sectors contributed to wide-ranging discussions on issues related to building digital libraries, defining the roles of various players, and promoting the public interest and economic growth. Several members of Congress joined with Vice President Gore in acknowledging the importance of an advanced information infrastructure. The Librarian of Congress emphasized the need to sustain in the digital age the democratic equal access to information that libraries provided in the age of print. Libraries now confront the task of simultaneously maintaining existing paper-based collections, digitizing selected materials, and providing access to the rapidly growing volume of information originating in digital form. Collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential to promoting an advanced information infrastructure. Government can most effectively support the development of an advanced information infrastructure through a public policy agenda that includes: (1) updating the regulatory structure; (2) ensuring equitable access; (3) protecting intellectual property; (4) enhancing security and privacy; and (5) supporting the creation of digital libraries. An appendix lists the 46 conference participants. (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Agenda Setting, Conferences, Democracy, Economic Factors, Electronic Libraries, Government Role, Information Dissemination, Information Networks, Intellectual Property, Library Cooperation, Library Role, National Security, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Public Libraries, Public Policy, Telecommunications, User Needs (Information)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library of Congress, Washington, DC.