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The future is now : new roles and relationships for academic libraries

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dc.contributor.author University of Johannesburg Library and Information Centre
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-08T07:22:24Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-08T07:22:24Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3318
dc.description.abstract Welcome to this very exciting conference focusing on the changing roles and relationships of academic libraries which goes hand in hand with the rapid development of information technology. Last year, when we started planning for the conference we came to the conclusion that the title ‘The Future is Now’ expresses our experience of being overtaken by technology, in a unique and innovative way. However, when we did a Google search on the phrase we found that it was a widely used phrase which gives expression to the global village’s experience that developments which we thought lie in the future are overtaking us as a result of the rapid development of Internet and mobile technologies. Despite its lack of originality, we decided to stick to the title, because there was no better way of saying what we wanted to say. I repeated the Google search about a year later, when I was busy writing this welcome note to you, and this time carefully noted the number of hits: 128 000 000. Most significantly I found two websites relating to the impact of information technology on the world of libraries within the first 20 hits. One was the website of an eponymous ALA conference on libraries and museums in the virtual word held on 5 and 6 March 2010 (http://www.opal-online.org/finindex.htm). The conference dealt with the use of Second Life in libraries and museums. The other was an article on the launch of Elsevier’s ‘Article of the Future‘ project (http://www.cell.com) on 7 January 2010. Both these hits underlined the impact of technology on our world and the need to consider the way forward as a result of it. George Will said that ‘the future has a way of arriving unannounced’. It is the sincere hope of the Conference Organising Committee that this conference will help prevent the future of taking us unawares. We believe that your presence here will inspire and motivate you to explore the new technologies and harness it to sustain and improve on academic libraries’ proud tradition and history of moving with the times. - Dr Anette van Vuren, Conference Chair. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Johannesburg en
dc.subject Academic libraries en
dc.subject Information technology en
dc.subject Academic publishing en
dc.subject Internet access en
dc.subject e-Learning en
dc.subject Conference proceedings en
dc.title The future is now : new roles and relationships for academic libraries en
dc.type Other en

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