Appendix 1 A safety framework for mobile computing

‘… one cannot begin with hardware, with a machine, and work backward to the solution of the problem.’ – Jesse Shera1

Jesse Shera, Dean of Western Reserve Library School, Cleveland, Ohio, from 1952 until 1970, and one of the founders of the Center for Documentation and Communications Research, would grow to view librarianship as a humanistic pursuit. However, even before he became an advocate of professional humanism, he was one of the early leaders in the history of American library automation and helped support early machine-based documentation systems.2 There is the tendency to view machine-based information as somehow inhumane – there is nothing inherent in mechanized access to information ...

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