ERIC Number: ED377880
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Dec
Libraries and the Internet. ERIC Digest.
The Internet is an international computer network encompassing thousands of smaller interconnected networks. This digest describes various uses of the Internet and its impact on libraries, as well as Internet-related library issues. The Internet applications of electronic mail (E-mail), telnet, and file transfer protocol (FTP) are briefly described. The impact of the Internet on libraries includes: leadership opportunities; cost and time savings; question answering services; international interlibrary loans; document delivery services; online transactions; government information; information sharing; and increased librarian visibility and value to the community. Internet-related issues are discussed with respect to academic, public, special, and school libraries. It is recommended that librarians take an active role in the formulation of national policy and legislation, creation and organization of services and resources, and be properly trained in network literacy in order to provide programs for patrons to become network literate. (Contains 9 references.) (MAS)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, File Transfer Protocol, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Literacy, Information Policy, Information Technology, Internet, Legislation, Library Administration, Library Automation, Library Networks, Library Services, Policy Formation, Public Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, State Federal Aid
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information & Technology, Syracuse University, 4-194 Center for Science & Technology, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 (free while supply lasts).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.