Telecommunications Networks: Issues and Trends

Telecommunications Networks: Issues and Trends

Telecommunications Networks: Issues and Trends

Telecommunications Networks: Issues and Trends

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Telecommunications is an area of vital concern to librarians. It is also a complex area fraught with technical jargon and continuously changing technology. The American Society for Information Science (ASIS) and its members are frequent users of information systems that rely extensively on telecommunications. While some ASIS members are knowledgeable about this area, many are not. In May 1985, the ASIS mid-year meeting was devoted to telecommunications. The proceedings of this meeting were published by ASIS as Telecommunications and Networking . . . Supplying the Missing Link (available from ASIS). Only one of the papers from the proceedings has been included in this volume: Larry Learn's description of the OCLC telecommunications system.

A report on the meeting appeared in the ASIS Bulletin, September 1985. The papers in this volume, while complete by themselves, are useful when viewed in combination with the proceedings and Bulletin report. Each presents material unavailable elsewhere. In most cases the papers assume some familiarity with and understanding of telecommunications terminology and concepts. This is not casual reading for the novice.

Part I, "Setting the Scene," contains two papers that supply a context for looking at telecommunications issues and technology. Ed Brownrigg gives us an excellent historical overview on telecommunications policy and related issues and Stephen Weinstein offers a telecommunications expert's view of some of the capabilities wideband networks will provide in the future.

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