Into the Future: The Foundations of Library and Information Services in the Post-industrial Era

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 159 pages
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This work is a general and synthetic study of the post-industrial era and its implications for library and information services in the United States. Since Daniel Bell promulgated his post-industrial metaphor in the early 1970s, it has become one of the most dominant metaphors in contemporary America. His ideas on the nature of the era, especially his articulation of what he refers to as the information society have influenced the ways in which government officials, corporate leaders, and citizens think about the future of political, social and economic life in America. This text examines how this influence has also been felt in the library and information field.
 

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The book was written on the burning topic " the paperless society and the traditional libraries. however it has written in 90s but today it has importance as at the time of publication. the author discuss in detail the all the aspects of electronic resources and the future role of the traditional libraries and the library professionals. 

Contents

The Information Age
1
The Coming of PostIndustrial Society
3
Enter the Critics
5
Technological Determinism and Its Critics
6
The Technocratic Vision and Its Critics
9
The Commodification of Information and Its Critics
14
Displacement Theories and Their Critics
18
The Popularization of the PostIndustrial Metaphor and the Adoption of the Information Society
23
Progress or Despair
71
Libraries in the Era of Information as Commodity
74
Conclusion
76
Neutrality Objectivity Information Professionals and Librarians
79
Introduction
80
The Sociology of Professional Development
85
Where Do Librarians Fit in? A Note on the Sociology of Librarianship
89
The Attempt to Forge a New Professional Identity
91

Into the Information Society
25
Librarians Confront the PostIndustrial Era
27
The Librarian as Information Professional
29
FW Lancaster the Paperless Library and the Librarian as Information Professional
30
Technological Determinism and Its Critics
38
The Technocratic Vision and the Library Response
40
The Commodification of Information the Information Industry and Information Inequities in American Society
44
Library and Information Services in the PostIndustrial Era
49
State Capital and National Information Policy
51
Thinking About the Role of the State in National Information Policy
52
Privatization Free Markets and the US Information Industry
56
The New Politics of Information
57
Legitimation and Accumulation in State Information Policy
58
President Clinton as the First PostIndustrial Democrat
62
Privatization
69
FW Lancaster and Future Librarianship
94
Work in the PostIndustrial Era
103
Harry Braverman and the Degradation and Deskilling Work in PostIndustrial America
105
Persistent Labor Market Segmentation in the PostIndustrial Workplace
110
Shoshana Zuboff on the Informated Workplace of the Information Era
114
Challenge for the Next Decade
116
Conclusion A Prologue to Library and Information Services in the PostIndustrial Era
119
All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
120
Library and Information Service on the PostIndustrial Landscape
121
Capitalism Capitalism Capitalism
122
Freedom Equality Neutrality
125
References
131
Author Index
151
Subject Index
157
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