Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Library and Information Services for Productivity. This is an ERIC Digest from 1990. It was written by Linda Schamber.

From the site:

Productivity, literacy, and democracy are the three themes chosen for the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services. This digest focuses on productivity, which can be defined as ways in which library and information services can assist agencies, industries, and individuals in producing goods and services effectively and profitably. It will present a brief overview of just two fundamental issues, access and control, that affect productivity; and two major strategies, cooperation and education, for improving productivity.

NEED FOR CHANGE

Clearly the United States faces serious obstacles to productivity as a result of rapid social, economic, and technological changes over the past decade. Information has come to be seen as a vital component of strategies to solve these problems. The challenges range from improving the ability of the United States to compete in a shifting global market to overcoming illiteracy in order to enable Americans to cope with social and technological change. These challenges affect productivity at all levels, and they involve complex relationships among public-sector and private-sector agencies and institutions.

As the world economy moves toward a greater reliance on information and information technology, it becomes increasingly important for library and information professionals to participate in the development of policies that maximize productivity and minimize unemployment.

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