TO THE EDITOR

I have been receiving Government Technology for a few months and feel the necessity to write to you at this time. I find your publication very interesting and useful to me as a mayor of a small city. The articles touch on many of the wide variety of issues that challenge us today, as we attempt to keep up with the changes in technology, legislation and the market.

We are struggling with the reality that the small cities no longer enjoy a monopoly of providing services to our citizens. We must update our processes, revise our philosophy to that of providing service and become the low-cost provider of services to our citizens in order to stay in business.

The articles in your publication encourage us to open our perspective, broaden our horizons and be better prepared to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow. You are successful in your endeavor.

Thank you for an excellent publication. I wish you the best for your continued success in the future.

Leonard E. Sanderson

Mayor

City of Milton, Wash.

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RIFKIN

Jeremy Rifkin [Government Technology, May 1997] points out that we are moving into the Information Age, but in the very next breath he predicts the demise of the original information workers, librarians. I see many challenges and opportunities ahead for librarians. Technology has made more information than ever directly available, but the variety and complexity of the tools needed to search and access that information have also increased. I do not believe that these tools will ever become so perfect that they alone will meet the needs of all human researchers, nor do I believe that technology can replace the kind of assistance librarians offer.

Lynn E. Randall

State Law Librarian

Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library

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I am writing you in reference to the transcription of an interview with Jeremy Rifkin that ran in the May issue of Government Technology.

In the interview Mr. Rifkin commented that "if you are a bank teller or a librarian ... the chances are your job will not be here five years from now." I submit to Mr. Rifkin the traditional role of librarians has already disappeared.

Today, librarians in corporations, universities and government agencies all over the world are viewed as Information Professionals. They are individuals who understand information technologies and resources, and are able to translate information into strategic decisions. In fact, many of the most progressive organizations rely on their corporate librarians to take part in decision-making.

Technology may soon eliminate the need for humans to shelve books at the local library, but librarians will use the same technology to gather, manipulate and disseminate information for many years to come.

Jennifer Stowe

Director, Public Relations

Special Libraries Association

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DIGITAL SIGNATURES

This e-mail is in reference to the article entitled "Georgia Passes Digital Signature Law" in the June 1997 edition of Government Technology. The commonwealth of Virginia, in addition to the other states named in your article, passed a Digital Signature Law of its own -- Senate Bill 923. The bill was approved by the governor of Virginia on April 19 , 1997. It becomes effective July 1, 1997. SB 923 was modeled on the current Massachusetts Digital Signature Law and can be found in its full text by accessing the Virginia General Assembly home page at .

John Cunningham

Research Assistant

Virginia General Assembly

Division of Legislative Services

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An article in your June 1997 issue (Georgia Passes Digital Signature Law, p.10) reported that Georgia recently passed digital signature legislation, "joining states like Utah, California and Delaware" in such