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From Gutenberg to the global information infrastructure : access to information in the networked world
Borgman, Christine L., 1951-
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [2000]

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xviii, 324 pages ; 24 cm.
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ZA3225 .B67 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Will the emerging global information infrastructure (GII) create a revolution in communication equivalent to that wrought by Gutenberg, or will the result be simply the evolutionary adaptation of existing behaviour and institutions to new media? Will the GII improve access to information for all? Will it replace libraries and publishers? How can computers and information systems be made easier to use? What are the trade-offs between tailoring information systems to user communities and standardizing them to interconnect with systems designed for other communities, cultures and languages?

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Borgman (Presidential Chair in Information Studies, Univ. of California, Los Angeles) reviews the literature on the emerging global information infrastructure (GII), carefully defining and citing terminology as the discussion proceeds. In nine chapters she compares the impacts of information technology on people's daily lives, from Gutenberg's movable type to today's GII. Issues such as privacy, commerce, entertainment, and education are driving technology and policy to support a greater number of users, devices, and traffic in efforts to improve the infrastructure, all the while neglecting human behavior and information seeking habits. The evolving role of traditional libraries, the design and use of digital libraries, and the importance of establishing standards for local and global interconnectivity are discussed, all from a human-centered perspective. The author ties together the relevant research and practice of computer science, library and information science, business, law, sociology, history, education, and political science. With almost 40 pages of references, this well-researched book provides further access to the many topics presented, although the writing style prevents fluid reading of the text because of the numerous references. Graduate students; researchers/faculty; professionals. L. A. Hall; California State University--Sacramento