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ERIC Number: ED455054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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The Glocal Portal: The Public Library as a Partner in Rural Knowledge Cooperatives.
Koren, Johan
Rural communities face a dilemma in their efforts to keep pace with knowledge developments. Their remoteness makes access to knowledge of the outside world difficult, time-consuming, and costly. At the same time, the fact that there is access of a sort can mean that local knowledge becomes lost or discarded as somehow inferior. The pervasiveness of Anglo-American content on the World Wide Web amounts to virtual colonialism and threatens the survival of other cultures. The knowledge of indigenous peoples is particularly vulnerable. The challenge is to enable access to valuable knowledge globally and, concurrently, to mobilize resources that conserve the best of local knowledge and share that knowledge globally. The public library is situated strategically between community and globality. It is a portal providing access to information and knowledge resources through interlibrary loan networks and the Internet and, at the same time, collecting locally-produced information and knowledge resources unique to the area that it serves. However, no single agency alone has the resources for such a task. Collaboration is the key. Knowledge cooperatives involving businesses, communities, and state agencies, such as the Arctic Borderlands Ecological Knowledge Cooperative, and cooperation and mergers among local municipal libraries can achieve the critical mass necessary to attract properly qualified personnel and amass an adequate budget for appropriate technology. (Contains 31 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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