Education and Library Services for Community Information Utilities.

by John A. Farquhar


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A discussion of the Community Information Utility in terms of its effect on the educational process. The Utility possesses a staggering potential for providing education: as a supplement to standard educational programs, as the broad nucleus of completely restructured education, or as the free-standing provider of all education. It can effectively remove pressure from school facilities and enhance the richness of the learning experience. For children it offers education tailored to specific needs. For adults, it can function in the dual role of leisure and education, offering the broadest possible menu, both vocational and avocational. A user may be connected, singly or simultaneously, to a source of television programs, a computer, or any of the organizations, such as the library, with which he wishes to transact business. A major impact will be a reestablishment of the home as a focus of child and young adult activity; however, some "technical isolation" may result. (Published in H. Sackman and B. Boehm (eds.), Planning Community Information Utilities, AFIPS Press, 1972.) (See also P-4781, P-4895, P-4898, P-4899, P-4900, P-4908.)

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