Unsound use of automation and digital idolatry are reducing access to research information. Technology should be the means not the end to better libraries. By understanding how digital information has been captured by multinational corporations, one must thread ones way through the labyrinth of mis-information clones and data corruption to a more wholesome collection of diverse points of view. Collection building will always be labor intensive, and therefore time-consuming, because intellectual judgments are involved. Giving away selection to vendors and publishers only furthers the degradation of research and ultimately threatens not only intellectual investigation but also national security. The way forward is backward to the hard work of selecting.
|Keywords:||collection development; collection management; automation; digital access; readers advisor; acquisitions; intellectual freedom|
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