Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Letter from the Editor

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

Letter from the Editor

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This issue marks 50 years of Information Technology and Libraries. The scope and ever-accelerating pace of technological change over the five decades since Journal of Library Automation was launched in 1968 mirrors what the world at large has experienced. From "automating" existing services and functions a half century ago, libraries are now using technology to rethink, recreate, and reinvent services--often in areas that simply were in the realm of science fiction.

In an attempt to put today's technology landscape in context, ITAL will publish a series of essays this year, each focusing on the highlights of a decade. In this issue, editorial board member Mark Cyzyk talks about selected articles from the first two volumes of the journal. In the remaining issues this year, we'll tackle the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The journal itself, now as ever before, focuses on the present and the near future, so we will hold off recapitulating the current decade until our centennial celebration in 2068.

As we look back over the journal's history, the editorial board is also looking to the future. We want to make sure that we know for whom we are publishing these articles, and to make sure that the journal is as relevant to today's (and tomorrow's) readership as it has been for those who have brought us to the present. …

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