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Re-Envisioning Libraries In The Information Society: A Critical Theory Of Library Technology, Ajit Kumar Pyati Jan 2007

Re-Envisioning Libraries In The Information Society: A Critical Theory Of Library Technology, Ajit Kumar Pyati

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Libraries have been involved in technological transformation for several decades, and are now increasingly associated with discourses surrounding the development of a global information society. The information society, however, remains a contested terrain, with a major focus on connectivity to ICTs, and is often linked with technological determinist and technocratic agendas. The library profession and field do not adequately theorize technology in a way that offers a progressive alternative to this dominant information society vision.

In light of this context, this dissertation argues for the relevance of critical theory as a framework for guiding and analyzing library technology actions. This …