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Future libraries : dreams, madness & reality

Author: Walt Crawford; Michael Gorman
Publisher: Chicago : American Library Association, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Argues against the futuristic idea of virtual libraries because it is devastating to the societal mission of libraries, proposing instead a balanced, human-oriented approach to technology that complements print, community library buildings, and user-friendly librarians.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walt Crawford; Michael Gorman
ISBN: 0838906478 9780838906477
OCLC Number: 31605103
Description: vii, 198 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Credo --
The life of print --
The madness of technolust --
Electronic publishing and distribution --
Coping with electronic information --
Deconstructing dreams of the all-electronic future --
Enemies of the library --
The diversity of libraries --
Economics of collection and access --
Survival guide to the serials crisis --
Future libraries: beyond the walls --
Successful libraries make their own luck.
Responsibility: Walt Crawford & Michael Gorman.

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This text aims to show that in place of futuristic dreaming and madness, libraries can embrace advanced technologies while retaining their role as service-oriented repositories of all formats of  Read more...

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