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Technology around the world: eight countries, shared problems

Michael Seadle (Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)
Elke Greifeneder (Berlin School of Library and Information Science, Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 5 September 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This editorial aims to discuss how technology has transformed the cultural map for libraries so that experiences in Taiwan, Iran, India, Greece, or New Zealand are relevant anywhere in the developed world.

Design/methodology/approach

The methodology draws heavily on cultural anthropology in looking at the cultural context and its changes over time.

Findings

Four sets of shared problems emerge in these articles: technology applications to solve specific library problems, user studies, cataloging issues, and electronic publishing. These are topics that librarians discuss around the world.

Originality/value

It is a commonplace today that technology has tended to equalize widely separated parts of the world. This is obviously true in terms of consumer goods, but appears to be less well accepted in terms of scholarly endeavor. The international and intellectual breadth of this issue can be seen as something to celebrate.

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Citation

Seadle, M. and Greifeneder, E. (2008), "Technology around the world: eight countries, shared problems", Library Hi Tech, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 337-341. https://doi.org/10.1108/07378830810903274

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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