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Slate | 11.10.15

Who Is in Control of Your Library’s Data?

Seeta Peña Gangadharan

In this article D&S fellow, Seeta Peña Gangadharan takes a closer look at the computerization of library data, noting the heavy dependence of libraries upon third-party systems that mediate the access, storage, and sharing of information between libraries and patrons. This consumer-centered role libraries raises questions regarding survival and the ability of libraries to preserve the trust that patrons have in the institution.

The library’s future? It’s not about books. Regardless of which medium prevails, the library’s path forward depends on the integrity and inclusiveness of data flows it manages and mediates.

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