The Role of Networked Information in Higher Education


In February 1996, the Information Architecture Task Force of the University of Connecticut Libraries completed its examination of the architecture that would support and enhance public and staff access to electronic information services. As part of its investigation, the Task Force examined the current status of information architecture planning and the role of information technology within the university, and contrasted this role through interviews with approximately 18 institutions of higher education. Both our literature survey and interviews revealed a number of similarities among "leading institutions" that were frequently mentioned as positive factors in the effective utilization of information technology and networked information. In most, but not all cases, there was a strong correlation between the rate of progress in the respective university libraries and the perceived value of information and information technology on campus. This paper presents findings regarding the perceived value of networked information, especially the similar and positive factors among institutions.

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