ERIC Number: ED381176
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Information Superhighway: The Role of Librarians, Information Scientists, and Intermediaries. Proceedings of the International Essen Symposium (17th, Essen, Germany, October 24-27, 1994).
Helal, Ahmed H., Ed.; Weiss, Joachim W., Ed.
The emphasis of the symposium was the Internet, or information superhighway, and the provision of information services to end users. Many internationally recognized librarians shared their experiences and expressed their ideas on new developments and possibilities related to the information superhighway. The 34 papers presented at the symposium addressed the following issues: (1) definition, applications, cost, security, privacy, access, delivery, and ease of use; (2) strategies and tactics for accessing information on the superhighway, as well as concern for unauthorized use; (3) tremendous amounts of irrelevant information, and who will regulate the superhighway; (4) librarians and Internet developer cooperation in developing user-oriented services on the Internet; (5) electronic publishing of academic research; (6) provision of access to users in the third world; (7) cyberspace as a process of virtualization, and the resultant virtual electronic library; (8) librarians should not only give access to electronic information, but also adapt their organizations to achieve full functionality of new developments; (9) collaboration among research centers, administrative groups and operational, informational, and resource staff in libraries and information systems is vital; (10) the impact of technology on academic libraries has resulted in increased access to resources in electronic form, calling for additional staff training; (11) the development of electronic resources has been so rapid that many information professionals have been left behind; (12) lack of information quality control, and increased forms of access require librarians to enhance resource selection activities; (13) access to resources no longer needs to be intervened by trained professionals, and the future role of the librarian is uncertain; (14) making electronic resources Internet accessible is a concern; (15) a discussion of projects involving scanning tables of contents of scientific journals to be accessed online; (16) libraries have to adapt their organization and management to achieve full functionality of new developments; and (17) implications and possible impact of distributed client-server computing to potentially facilitate use of the Internet as a global information resource which may be searched in its own right. The symposium agenda, list of participants, and list of participating vendors is also provided. Many papers contain references. (MAS)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Essen Univ. (Germany). Library.