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Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1964 January; 52(1): 120–127.
PMCID: PMC198080

The Coming of Age of Information Technology

Mortimer Taube, Ph.D., Chairman, Board of Directors, and Chief Scientific Advisor


A discussion of the distinction between a scientific discipline and a professional activity and of the reasons why “information technology” is a professional and not a scientific activity. The application of computers to the improvement of information handling is discussed as a professional advance similar to advances in medicine made possible by new instruments. A major new instrument, like the computer in information technology or the X-ray machine in medicine, may sometimes drastically change the practice of a profession. Some of the implications of the computer for librarianship are discussed in these terms.

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