A survey of the technologies defining or influencing library practices with an emphasis
on exemplary cases of applications. Topics included computer workstations,
automated systems, networking and telecommunications, the Internet, digitization
projects, program interfaces, information storage and retrieval, adaptive and assistive
devices, security and privacy, and virtual user education.
Introduces fundamental concepts of computer systems automation in libraries and information centers. This course covers the historical context of applying computing systems to libraries, addresses the technologies behind integrated library systems, and surveys an array of topics related to management of automated computer systems.
Aabo, S. (2005). The role and value of public libraries in the age of digital technologies. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 37(4), 205-211.
In this examination of the usage, roles, and value of public libraries in the digital age, the author asserts that technology has fragmented society, isolating citizens from their community, and that libraries serve as accessible arenas that foster democracy, social cohesion, and community involvement. Other authors briefly address this indirect effect of technology on public library service but no other source rivals the detail Aabo devotes to the topic. Aabo also addresses direct changes in service, echoing the finding of other researchers that public libraries act as gateways by providing access to the Internet and assisting in its use, thereby narrowing the digital divide. Aabo suggests these effects of technology are extensions of traditional library services and delivers the conservative conclusion that the public libraries’ roles of promoting democracy, disseminating and providing access to information, providing worthwhile leisure activities, and acting “as a communal institution and a social meeting place” have been unaffected by technological advances.
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The course is an introduction to library and information science, with a focus on the history,
concepts, and technological development of the discipline. It seeks to provide a familiarity with
library and information science theory as well as an understanding of the discipline and sub
disciplines within the information sciences, including ethical practices and standards, key terms
and concepts, and current trends and future prospects in the profession.