One of the most vital questions of our time is how the new electronically based information technology can be used to its best advantage. We are now entering an era of multi-media communication which can bring benefit or dangers in its train. This volume offers a comprehensive, up-to-date survey of the present and future impact of these modern technologies (including word processors, videotex and video and digital optical discs) on professional, business and scholarly research information, as well as on information to the general public. The contributors are all experts in their fields, and include practitioners as well as scholars. The volume is intended for anyone who has a professional interest in information transfer, and those who wish to keep abreast of matters of important current concern. It provides a balanced and detailed, but easily readable introduction to the topic.