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Evolving Global Information Infrastructure and Information Transfer.


Evolving Global Information Infrastructure and Information Transfer

By Robert J. Grover, Roger C. Greer, Herbert K. Achleitner, and Kelly Visnak

ISBN: 978-1-61069-957-0 (softcover); 978-1-61069-958-7 (ebook)

Published: 2015

Pages: 180

Price: $75 (softcover; call for pricing for ebook)

Available from: Libraries Unlimited, an imprint of ABC-CLIO, 130 Cremona Dr, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93117;

This is a book that makes you think. The authors explore the entire ecosystem of information creation, use, storage, and dissemination, focusing on the information flow rather than the technologies.

The authors have many, many years of collective experience in the library and information science area--in libraries and library schools, as professors and deans, with a common thread of current or past affiliations with Emporia State University. They have been through many transitions in the information world and have stopped to examine what it all means. The goal is to make sense of the current situation, while viewing it through the lens of the past. They look at shifting paradigms and the increasing complexity of the information flow to help librarians understand where they fit within the evolving information infrastructure.

The book is divided into 10 chapters, each building upon the previous ones. After an introduction and definition of terms, the authors look at contemporary society and where we stand in our existing paradigm of information use and transfer. Chapter three looks at how paradigms influence our society and discusses the evolution of the current information infrastructure, starting with how advances in transportation, then postal services, newspapers, radio, television, and the internet all changed the means and speed of information flow. Along the way, libraries evolved first as archives and then as disseminators of information.

Building on this, the subsequent chapters explore the diffusion of information and how the role of libraries has changed to focus on teaching, sharing, and diffusing knowledge. The authors explore the changing paradigms of library service and the growing complexity of the world and information flow along with it. The final chapter concentrates on emerging trends and the implications for library science education and infrastructure.

This book will help you make sense of all the different influences and complexities involved in the current information infrastructure. Its holistic view will help you see how all the pieces fit together and where it may all go from here.











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