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  • Many of us remember the information explosion of the 1960s and the inadequacy of the tools we had to deal with it. The '70s saw the implementation of access technology using mainframe computers. This technology has been largely utilized by librarians and information specialists over the succeeding years. The Internet, with its perceived vast hordes of freely available information, represents a new and perplexing paradigm. In this paper I hope to provide some perspective for understanding the current state of affairs.

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