ERIC Number: ED373806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec
A History of the Utilization of Technology in Academic Libraries.
Boden, Dana W. R.
This paper examines the history of academic libraries with special emphasis on the beginnings, growth, and progress in the uses of technology in those libraries. The earliest libraries were maintained for the preservation of knowledge and information. Access to the items in these collections was limited. With the growth of higher education in the late 19th century, academic libraries became information resources to their campuses and their use increased. The standard catalog card was developed to allow access to these collections. Between World War I and the 1950s, academic libraries saw the beginnings of library automation, preservation microfilming, and computers. The period from 1960 to the present has seen rapid advances in technology use in libraries. Major developments in computer technology and telecommunications changed the services libraries provided their patrons. Abstracting and indexing services, computer networks, and machine readable cataloging (MARC) all contributed to changes in the academic library. Today, new advances in information technology continue the rapid pace of change. As a result, academic libraries are in a constant state of flux. (Contains 26 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Reports - Evaluative
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