If there was ever a time when archives and libraries were places of refuge from the flux of the surrounding world, that era has entirely disappeared with the advent of the information age. The jargon of the high-tech world (Machine-Readable Cataloging [MARC), standards, communication protocols, and bits and bytes) has flooded the professional literature as archivists consider automating their processing, reference, and administrative functions. New technologies are being made available which require the archivist to make increasingly complex decisions regarding a vast array of options.



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