The Future (Imperfect) of Special Collections and Library School Education

MICHÈLE V. CLOONAN

Abstract

Images now displace ideals.1


Our culture is saturated with images of information systems: information superhighways which some policy makers fear will become toll roads congested with data glut, sabotaged by guerrilla hackers working for outlaw information services. Theodore Roszak has dubbed computer-generated systems the cult of information.2 This cult is composed of generations of post-World War II Americans raised on Star Trek, Star Wars, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and, more recently, Nintendo and video arcades. The future of information technology is so alluring that university administrators cannot wait to ride (or be led to) the e-waves, and panicked . . .

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