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ERIC Number: ED400850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 8
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Sustaining the Vision through Networking...(and a Few Challenges Too!)
Hay, Lyn; Henri, James
Networking has always been regarded by librarians as an essential tool to facilitate the timely provision of information. Teacher librarians have often been vocal supporters of networking in theory, but in practice networking has been rather a failure. The first part of this paper provides a historical overview of the rationale for networking and the reasons for its lack of effectiveness. The second part of the paper provides an analysis of the way that Information Technology (IT) can change the network landscape. It is argued that IT has the potential to solve many of the problems associated with traditional network models and is, therefore, able to sustain the vision of access without ownership. The new challenges of funding, contributing to the information pool, a shared vision for library and information services, and the exponential growth of information in the electronic information environment are discussed. Existing and potential applications of the Internet at the local, national, and international levels are also noted. (Contains 10 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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