Developments in computing and communications technologies mean that libraries should no longer be thought of as collections of relatively static information. Rather, they are access points to global networks, providing ready access to databases on all subjects, internationally. Current developments mean that full colour images can also be readily accessed and transmitted. Libraries are themselves entering the field of electronic publishing, with CD-ROMs and CD-Is being produced, and moves being made to progressively digitise collections. Telecommunications and storage developments combined with high speed printing facilities will ensure that the library becomes a point for printing on demand from books, journals, or multimedia flies stored internationally. Clients who wish to navigate the world's networks, and do their own research, may use the library as an access point and training facility. Interactive multimedia training programs, and expert system front ends will ease the path. For those who prefer to use an intermediary, skilled researchers will save time and money.
|Author: Alison Crook, State Library of New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000. Tel: 02 230 1414 Fax: 02 233 2003
Please cite as: Crook, A. (1994). Point of public information: Storage, networking and access in tomorrow's world. In C. McBeath and R. Atkinson (Eds), Proceedings of the Second International Interactive Multimedia Symposium, 605. Perth, Western Australia, 23-28 January. Promaco Conventions. http://www.aset.org.au/confs/iims/1994/bc/crook.html