THE NEW FRONTIER: HOMESTEADING IN A WILDERNESS OF INFORMATION
EVAN IRA FARBER
In recent years technological developments in information science have revolutionized the ways in which information is stored, manipulated, distributed and used. In a few years information from almost any location, using any source, and on almost any topic will be easily and quickly accessible. The concern will no longer be "How can we get enough information?" on any subject but rather "How can we sort through all that information to find what we really need?"
The effects these developments in information technology have had and will continue to have on libraries -- on their administration, their finances, their personnel, indeed, on their very role in academe -- have been discussed at length. Their effects on aspects of college and university administration -- on the design and construction of buildings, on campus communication systems, on financial administration, for example -- have also been discussed widely, both in the professional literature and at conferences. The impact of this information revolution on scholarly research and publishing has also received a good bit of attention, but what has not been discussed very much are the implications for what goes on in college classrooms, for the teaching/learning process.
Farber is Director, Lilly Library, Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana.