Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality (Google eBook)

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American Library Association, Jan 1, 1995 - Computers - 198 pages
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"Get this book. Read it. Get copies for your board, your administration, and all the other stakeholders in your library... Reach for Future Libraries when they say you don't need staff, space, or collections...that the virtual library will do it all for less...a valuable antidote to the flood of hyperbole about libraries without walls, electronic texts and virtual collections". -- Journal of Academic Libraries"(A) joy to read...a view of a continuing future in which librarians...play an important role in providing service to people, enhancing access to knowledge and understanding, and defending key ethical concerns". -- Wilson Library Bulletin

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The Life of Print
The Madness of Technolust
Electronic Publishing and Distribution
Coping with Electronic Information
Deconstructing Dreams of the AllElectronic 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

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Page 12 - Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Page 4 - ... function which political economy recognizes as so important, of bringing goods to the place where they are wanted, and so, also, creating demand. In this busy generation, when the hurried man grumbles that "all the time there is" is not enough for him, the librarian makes time for his fellow-mortals by saving it ; for a minute saved is a minute added. And this function of organizing, of indexing, of time-saving and of thought-saving, is associated peculiarly with the librarian of the nineteenth...
Page 2 - Odin's Runes are a significant feature of him. Runes, and the miracles of ' magic' he worked by them, make a great feature in tradition. Runes are the Scandinavian Alphabet ; suppose Odin to have been the inventor of letters, as well as ' magic,' among that people ! It is the greatest invention man has ever made, this of marking- down the unseen thought that is in him by written characters. It is a kind of second speech, almost as miraculous as the first.
Page 5 - Libraries are not wholly or even primarily about information. They are about the preservation, dissemination, and use of recorded knowledge in whatever form it may come so that humankind may become more knowledgeable; through knowledge reach understanding; and, as an ultimate goal, achieve wisdom
Page 3 - Libraries exist to acquire, give access to, and safeguard carriers of knowledge and information in all forms and to provide instruction and assistance in the use of collections to which their users have access.
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Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. Author of numerous books, articles, and columns, Crawford is also the creator, writer and publisher of Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large, an ejournal on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media published monthly since 2001. He maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random. He received the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science in 1995, the ALCTS/Blackwell Scholarship Award in 1997, and the Gale Group Online Excellence in Information Authorship Award in 1998. A senior analyst at RLG for four decades, he previously wrote Library Technology Reports vol. 41, no. 2, Policy and Library Technology.

Michael E. Gorman, PhD, is a professor at the University of Virginia, where he has taught such classes as "Scientific and Technological Thinking" and "Social Implications of Nanotechnology." From 2000-2003, he was Chair of the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication. He is also Associate Editor of the "Journal of Psychology of Science and Technology.

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