The Library Development Review 1992-93 Recommended Citation
(eds). The Library Development Review. Knoxville: University of Tennessee, 1992/1993. ";-r-==-~. r A drawing of part of the set of Palmerstown, U.S.A., from the Alex Haley Collection. T he past year, more than ever before, has shown us how new technology is rapidly changing the way we access information. A library is no longer primarily a passive repository for books, but an active gateway to information sources world,wide. We now communicate by electronic mail, which makes it possible to send
... t possible to send a message around the world in minutes. Electronic communication is particularly useful for collabo, rations over long distances, to seek information or assistance from experts, and to hold dis, cussions with several participants. Multimedia technology combines the latest in data storage with interactive access and manipulation. With multimedia programs we can store vast amounts of text and graphics on small compact disks, we can browse the treasures in the world's most famous museums, or quickly search through an entire collection of Greek literature for key words or subjects. By subscribing to electronic databases, we can provide almost any kind of information imaginable to our library users. The technology continues to evolve, which presents significant challenges to our Libraries. How do we keep up? With your help. Gifts from our friends allow us to continue to expand in new ways. Your generosity has helped, and will continue to help, the Univer, sity Libraries provide the best possible information services to our users on campus, in the regional community, and throughout the world. You are the key to our current and future success, and we sincerely thank you.