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ERIC Number: ED433818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-May
Pages: 18
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Challenging Technolust: The Educational Responsibility of Librarians.
Bundy, Alan
This paper discusses the importance of information literacy as a key educational issue and the integral educational role of librarians and libraries. Four discursive fields concerned with the information and communication technologies and education are described: (1) Boosters (or Technolusts)--the "noisiest" group, unequivocal promoters of information technologies in education; (2) Antischoolers--a subset of the technolusts that propose the demise of institutional education; (3) Critics--a group critical of the rush to technologize education; and (4) Doomsters--unqualified opponents of the information and communication technologies. The role of librarians in this discourse is then examined. Excerpts from university library mission statements available on the World Wide Web are listed, indicating that university libraries tend to emphasize their role as academic support agencies, efficient information gatherers and managers, and access providers, rather than asserting their educational role and wisdom. Excerpts from mission statements of university libraries in Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Iceland, Namibia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States are included. The paper concludes with brief observations on these mission statements and a discussion of libraries as educational change agents, and related funding issues. (Contains 12 references. (MES)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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