Thomas Singarella, Ph.D. From the past to the Future: The evolution of electronic and information technology and societal factors impacting on healthcare and academic health sciences libraries
How has electronic technology evolved over the last century and resulted in the digital revolution and information explosion affecting our world today? Where did electronic, and specifically digital technology come from, where is it now, and where does it appear to be leading us? This presentation will provide both a historical perspective and future outlook for understanding the development of information technology, its impact on society today, and the dynamics between the healthcare world, higher education, and the health sciences library.
The health sciences library field is at a professional crossroads and changing before our eyes. The lines between traditional technologies continue to blur and merge as a result of the digital revolution. An overview of key advances that have affected information technology will provide a perspective on the current state of affairs today, and where the health sciences library might be heading.