Library Journal - Library JournalOne doesn't need an economics background in order to enjoy these papers originally presented at the third International Information Research Conference, held July 1993 at Rambouillet, France, but it wouldn't hurt. Intended primarily to suggest future directions for research, the covered topics include international conditions (Ireland's information industry, education in Africa, the international division of labor), copyright, desktop publishing, and measurement issues. Those who work in special and business libraries will feel most at home with the papers' generally held view of information as a resource for profit and productivity. Even so, librarians and information specialists of all stripes will gain from the variety of approaches to defining and valuing the materials with which they work. Jos-Marie Griffiths's (Univ. of Tennessee) keynote address, in particular, makes an interesting attempt to introduce standards for economic measures. All but four papers are published in English with French summaries; four appear in French with English summaries.-Dean C. Rowan, Whittier P.L., Cal.
BooknewsPresents papers from the July 1993 conference, with original English language papers followed by summaries in French, and French papers summarized in English, addressing aspects of the economic impact of information technology, such as the role of information technology in the international division of labor, measures of economics information, changes in political and legal information context, desktop publishing opportunities for public libraries, and case studies in Ireland and Africa. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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