Civic Space/Cyberspace: The American Public Library in the Information Age

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MIT Press, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 259 pages
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Quintessentially American institutions, symbols of community spirit and the Americanfaith in education, public libraries are ubiquitous in the United States. Close to a billion libraryvisits are made each year, and more children join summer reading programs than little leaguebaseball. Public libraries are local institutions, as different as the communities they serve. Yettheir basic services, techniques, and professional credo are essentially similar; and they offer,through technology and cooperative agreements, myriad materials and information far beyond their ownwalls.In Civic Space/Cyberspace, Redmond Kathleen Molz and Phyllis Dain assess the current conditionand direction of the American public library. They consider the challenges and opportunitiespresented by new electronic technologies, changing public policy, fiscal realities, and culturaltrends. They draw on site visits and interviews conducted across the country; extensive reading ofreports, surveys, and other documents; and their long-standing interest in the library's place inthe social and civic structure. The book uniquely combines a scholarly, humanistic, and historicalapproach to public libraries with a clear-eyed look at their problems and prospects, including theirrole in the emerging national information infrastructure.

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Molz, currently professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and Dain, now emeritus, were colleagues at the now-defunct Columbia School of Library Service. Both are ... Read full review

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This book is a typically-written academic overview of the state of libraries. It is incredibly dry and you really feel like you are studying when you are reading. That being said, if you don't mind ... Read full review

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Redmond Kathleen Molz is Professor of Public Affairs at the School ofInternational and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

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