Educational Implications of Information Development

Lau, Jesús Educational Implications of Information Development., 1989 . In IFLA General Conference, Paris, France, 19-26 August, 1989. [Conference paper]

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Information development determines the type of information needs of a nation. In this paper, it was assessed using library and publishing indicators of 31 countries over an 18 year period. Some of the conclusions reached in the study were that less developed countries (LDCs) seem to be one cluster of nations when their information development is compared with highly developed countries (HDCs). Information development seems to speed up, until countries have met the satisfaction of basic human needs of the population. Libraries were, on the other hand, declining in HDCs during the period under study. The results of the study can be taken as indicators of the type of information education required by countries of different levels of development. HDCs' educational needs are likely to be better defined than those of LDCs whose development is highly polarised. In other words, HDCs can train information specialists with less varied programs, while LDCs require polarised information education to provide services that range from basic information needs to high technology sophisticated needs.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: education, social development, developed countries, information development, less developed countries
Subjects: G. Industry, profession and education.
Depositing user: Jesus Lau
Date deposited: 10 Aug 2013 19:33
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:26


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