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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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Libraries in the information society: cooperation and identity

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Introduction

Like most European countries, the Netherlands has ambitious targets for the knowledge society. In a knowledge-based society, economic growth, instead of being generated by the traditional production factor of labour, is generated by knowledge. Three elements are of fundamental importance within this development: the (financial) investment in knowledge; education and training standards; and innovative capabilities. A further essential aspect is that knowledge must be entrenched in society in the broadest sense. Libraries and information professionals traditionally play an important role in this respect. Currently, the Netherlands faces significant challenges ...

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