Information Technology and Politics

Information Technology and Politics

  • Nageswara Yogi added an answer:
    Future of the library?
    If the first option is google, what will be the future of the library?.
    Interesting report from OCLC.
    Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want .
    An end user’s expectations and work practices on the Web influence his or her decision to use a library online catalog.OCLC, 2008.

    "The findings suggest two traditions of information organization at work—one from librarianship and the other from the Web. Librarians’ perspectives about data quality remain highly influenced by their profession’s classical principles of information organization, while end users’ expectations of data quality arise largely from their experiences of how information is organized on popular Web sites. What is needed now is to integrate the best of both worlds in new, expanded definitions of what “quality” means in library online catalogs."
    Executive summary [OCLC]
    www.oclc.org/reports/onlinecatalogs/summary.htm
    Nageswara Yogi · T John Group of Institutions

    Librarians have to look forward to Adopt Information Technology to make Libraries more attractive to the users.  Libraries are providing many services like Current Awarness Services (CAS), Institutional Digital Repositories, Search facility, Web-services etc to its users.  It is very important that Librarians not only continually improve the services but also create awareness to the users about the services they are providing.  Now a days I observe that nobody wants to wait, everyone of us wants everything quickly.  Our students grumble when internet takes a few seconds extra to display the information they want.  Existence of Libraries is at stake beacuse I find more and more students hanging on to google and other web-sources.  However the authentication of information provided by google is difficult, but the publications in the Libraries are from standard publishers and from experts. It is difficult to analyze the information when reading it on screen.  Hence as long as readers who want to read the printed material and want to analyze the information exist, the future of the Libraries will not be at stake. 

  • Marek Pavlík added an answer:
    Should all publicly funded projects, that have web resources as an output, be produced sustainably?
    What happens to those Web resources when the organisations are no longer in existence? Public money has often been used to develop these resources - from that perspective it would be a shame to lose them.
    Marek Pavlík · Masaryk University
    I think that there is no general answer. Answers depend on the content of the Web and on the purpose of the original investment. However based on the idea of cost benefit analysis; the benefits from output/outcome should be higher than costs.

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