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Building Communities in Virtual Space (Access Conf. Topic)

By art, Section Events
Posted on Tue Aug 6th, 2002 at 09:00:45 AM EST
Libraries have traditionally been a focal point of the communities they serve. With the advent of the Internet and the Web, new tools have appeared to foster community information sharing and interaction, and networks like K-Net demonstrate well the power of community networking. Libraries were in the forefront of the Freenet movement a decade ago and have initiated many digitization efforts to bring cultural and heritage collections to the Web. Gutenberg's invention of the printing press was able to dramatically change the way information was shared to some extent because the technology of the time allowed for the concurrent production of relatively cheap paper. Although the Internet may form a significant component to current media as a distribution and communications medium, its analogy to paper for the printing press is significantly different in this regard. Libraries are a logical choice to bridge the oft-termed "digital divide" between those who the facilities to engage in electronic communications and the significant proportion of society that does not have the means to interact with digital formats. If libraries have a historical and important role to play in allowing the broadest spectrum of society to take advantage of all forms of communication, how can libraries best support and foster initiatives in community empowerment and networking?


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Building Communities in Virtual Space (Access Conf. Topic) | 4 comments (4 topical, 0 editorial, 0 pending) | Post A Comment
the double edged sword (none / 0) (#1)
by booknut on Fri Sep 6th, 2002 at 03:53:21 AM EST
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Where do you begin on this topic? The browser art is just plain sad, IE has just about killed everything else. It's nice that XML makes a break between presentation and content (I think), maybe that will make a different for different users since stylesheets (?) can be used instead of tinkering with all of the damn files. What the web hasn't done for libraries or anyone else is make information easier to manage. It comes from everywhere now and most of the time is a big mess!

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Stop Cutting Funding would be a Start (none / 0) (#3)
by Anonymous Hero on Thu Jul 22nd, 2004 at 05:21:47 PM EST

Oh yeah and stopping censorship
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have a good day (none / 0) (#4)
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