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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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7

Widening access to information: the haves and the have-nots?

Jenny Craven

Introduction

Societies have always been dependent on information and on how to record it, store it, retrieve it, disseminate it and control it. The principles are the same, whether it is done on a clay tablet or on a USB (universal serial bus) stick. What has changed is the ease of access to systems and widespread capacity to use them – for example, from mediated searches via an information professional, to the prolific use of search engines such as Google.

ICT (information and communications technology) has made communication faster, and increasingly people are using technology to expand their global connections – using online collaborative workspaces, social networking ...

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