Computer Library Services International's Annual Lecture on Library Automation, held at the Café Royal, 5 March 1992, was the eighth in an invitation‐only series, now well established. The speaker was Professor John Slater, Director of the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent, and his subject was “Learning and Technology in Higher Education”, a field in which he is not only an expert but also a pioneer of collaboration with other academics. He began by poking fun, wittily and indiscriminately, at past librarians, computer managers and academics, and made his points by overstatement and by teasing his audience on the assumption that they, too, were old‐fashioned and believed in book‐based education.
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