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ERIC Number: EJ1031332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 10
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ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
Unintended Consequences: New Materialist Perspectives on Library Technologies and the Digital Record
Manoff, Marlene
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v13 n3 p273-282 Jul 2013
Digital technology has irrevocably altered the nature of the archive. Drawing on materialist critiques and the evolving field of media archaeology, this essay explores new strategies for understanding the implications of computer networks in libraries. Although a significant portion of the contemporary literature within Library and Information Science (LIS) addresses issues of technological change, the materialist and multidisciplinary approaches proposed here provide a theoretical basis for investigating the current state of library technologies in new ways. These methods provide insight into the proliferation of digital products and the cycles of platform adoption and replacement that have marked the past decades of library development. They also help to reframe questions about content aggregation and the licensing of digital scholarship.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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