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Pacific Bell Unveils the Library of the Future

Magazine article Information Today

Pacific Bell Unveils the Library of the Future

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Pacific Bell has announced it is offering to wire all public libraries in its service territory with Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and to help these institution to obtain low-cost computers and videoconferencing equipment. The objective is to establish a public access network and facilities that would make electronic services and information freely accessible to all citizens.

"In addition to lifelong learning opportunities, libraries of the future will provide a convenient and cost-effective way for Californians to obtain government and health information, to access civic services and records, and to meet via video link with public officials and other citizens around the state, nation, or world," said Dan Theobald, manager of telecommunity services development for Pacific Bell. "Putting these services in neighborhood libraries, where they are conveniently available to everyone, can also help alleviate traffic congestion and air pollution by eliminating unnecessary car trips."

To showcase the Library of the Future concept, Pacific Bell and eight other technology vendors have equipped the Pasadena and Sacramento central libraries as special demonstration sites where government, business, and education leaders can learn about public access applications of ISDN technology.

To date, the libraries have showcased the use of videoconferencing in a series of "electronic town halls" linking students and citizens with elected officials. …

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