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Digital libraries as information organizations the re-unfolding of the memory/information paradox

Marton, Attila (2009) Digital libraries as information organizations the re-unfolding of the memory/information paradox. In: 17th European Conference on Information Systems, 2009-06-08 - 2009-06-10.

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Throughout history, libraries have played a key role in remembering the past continuously adapting to changes in societal communication and its technologies. Digital libraries prove to be the next step of unfolding the memory/information paradox which is the foundation of what makes a library a library. Libraries are again changing in order to remain libraries. The focus has begun to shift from being an archive of knowledge containers - the memory side of the paradox - to being an organizer of information taking the form of information organizations. In this sense, a library does not use an information system but rather is an information system. Contemporary developments in ICT seem to harbour the capability to transform the memory/information paradox into a solvable technical problem making libraries themselves an institution of the past. At a closer look, however, the paradox re-emerges provoking the dynamics behind the discussions of what a library actually is and does in the 21st century. The conceptual elaboration of contemporary libraries as information organizations serves as a sensitizing tool for the social science study of digital libraries but also as a key to introducing digital libraries into the Information Systems community.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Author
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Sets: Departments > Management
Research centres and groups > Information Systems and Innovation Group
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2012 09:29
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 01:58

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