Smart-World Technologies and the VALUE of LIBRARIANSHIP

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					                                         Even librarians
                                         like me have to ask,
                                         ‘Is this technology
                                         serving us, or are
                                         we 
				
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Description: Consider that a significant fraction of library school education involves getting students from strong liberal arts and humanities backgrounds up-to-speed on database design and scripting languages. Even librarians like me - I serve as Troy University's virtual reference librarian - who are enthusiastic about staying on the cutting edge at some point have to ask, "Is this technology serving us, or are we serving this technology?" More importantly, "Is it distracting us from our vital role in society?" This article proceeds from the position that obsession with technology is a distraction from our true mission and explores how a constellation of emerging information technologies might empower librarians to reconsider their commitment to the technological treadmill and instead turn to a more humanistic orientation. Ubiquitous computing instead uses electronic sensors, tiny computer processors, wireless networking, and novel human to computer interface technologies to bring the power and versatility of computers to our everyday surroundings (homes, cars, shops, the workplace, etc.).
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