NASA reshapes libraries: The space programs impact on academic libraries, special libraries, and archives

David Brett Spencer, Nancy Hodge Dewald

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Abstract

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has enriched many fields through its scientific discoveries and new technologies, but its impact on information science, though lesser known, may be among its most significant contributions. From the reconceptualization of librarians as information scientists by NASA leaders like Von Braun and Day to NASAs massive program of knowledge dissemination, including breakthroughs in hardware and software, NASAs informational initiatives helped to lay the foundation of modern information science. This report will describe these developments to give some perspective on what academic libraries, special libraries, and archives owe to NASA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)299-314
Number of pages16
JournalScience and Technology Libraries
Volume34
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences

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