|The Grainger Engineering Library Information Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), is host to a statue by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. Donated by the Grainger Foundation, it is entitled "Computing A Future". The statue is of an engineering student at the University of Illinois reading a report by the National Research Council (NRC) entitled "Computing the Future: A Broader Agenda for Computer Science and Engineering". This report discusses the changes to engineering education that must be made to insure the future viability of the CS&E field, namely that the research must embrace major application areas such as those in fig.2.1 (at right). Pages 81-85 of this report are devoted to the dream of the electronic library. Two years after the publication of this report, the NSF/DARPA/NASA Digital Libraries Initiative (DLI) commenced, hosted by the CISE Directorate at NSF whose current Assistant Director was the chair of the NRC report committee which produced "Computing the Future". The University of Illinois DLI, which is developing technology for searching the internet, is based in the Grainger Engineering Library. The Community Architecture for Networked Information Systems lab is working to implement the concepts shown in the CS&E diagram (at right), with national research projects to build and evaluate fundamentally new network information systems.||
Fig. 2.1 CS&E Computer science and engineering,
computing, and other problem domains. CS&E is central to computing,
which in turn affects many problem domains.