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Policy and Library Technology

From Chapter 1, "Thinking in Policy Terms"
Technology is a lot more fun than policy. Most library technology people probably find it a lot more interesting as well. But library technology does not operate in a vacuum. Technology and policy have always interacted in the library field as elsewhere. Those interactions have become more complex and need to be more visible.

This is issue [of
Library Technology Reports] will show some of the ways that technology, policy, and libraries interact. You need to consider library technology in a policy framework. Don't expect easy answers: Most policy/technology relationships are messy.

About the Author

Walt Crawford is a senior analyst at RLG in Mountain View, CA, USA. He has been a full-time professional in library automation since 1968 and at RLG since 1979. In 1992/1993, Crawford served as president of the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of the American Library Association.

An award-winning writer and speaker, Crawford has written fourteen books and more than four hundred articles and columns. He currently writes the "disContent" column in EContent and the "PC Monitor" column in Online Magazine. He also writes and publishes Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, a Web-distributed journal of libraries, policy, technology, and media, which began in December 2000. His most recent book is First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession (Chicago: ALA Editions, 2003).

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