The paper highlights the importance of the role libraries and librarians play in contemporary information society. Since the status of librarianship is underrated, the library legislation can provide ways of improving the image of libraries. Moreover, it is crucial for the legislation to ensure public funding of libraries. Professional issues should be dealt with by library associations, which is the case in the countries with highly developed library services. In the countries, however, where library culture is at a low level, the legislation also deals with this segment.
The EU policy related to information society is to be divided into two time periods: the first, from 1994 to 1999, is associated with the name of Bangemann and with a distinctive European way to information society; the second, after 1999, is associated with the name of Prodi and with the activities in the direction of information society for all.
The history of culture is a unique anticipation of future information society, from which it is evident that a sudden, revolutionary leap into a new civilization is improbable and is only wishful thinking on the part of those left behind.
Information technology is increasingly gaining importance in the learning process, especially in lifelong learning and education. This is particularly obvious in distant learning, although the web has already entered traditional school, too, and is affecting the changes of the hitherto practised pedagogical communication.
Social systems theories are always also the critiques of the systems themselves as well as the critiques of other theories of this kind. The information society is a global phenomenon with not only a technological, economic, professional, spatial, cultural and political dimension but also with the dimension of fast changes.
This paper introduces material that should function as the basis for the Introduction to the criticism of the information society, an article I am about to write.
A clear conception of what is digital library does not exist as yet. Different communities discuss digital libraries in terms of different perspectives, conceptions, models, and approaches.