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Libraries and the Future explores how the trends and technological breakthroughs of today will transform the shape of libraries as they move into the twenty-first century. This visionary book will help librarians and library science students understand and prepare for the changes likely to take place in library and information services over the next several years. Enlightening chapters discuss the future of academic libraries, public libraries, library services in developing countries, and library services from the perspective of scholarly users, library funders, and policymakers. These authoritative contributors present a wide-range of viewpoints but they all agree that the near future offers great opportunity for libraries to make their services more valuable to the community of potential users than they have ever been before. Libraries and the Future provides the way for libraries to be active forces, to emphasize the delivery of information, not its storage, and to be judged by the services they deliver, not the assets they control.
Readers will learn about a realm of possible types of future libraries from experts representing academic, special, and public libraries, and researchers and scholarly users of libraries from four continents. Some of the visions of future libraries from these respected information professionals include:
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Predictions about the course of technological trends in libraries and the provision of information are unreliable especially when they lack focus and when the proposed visions have been developed with little practical connection to the present. Such is the case with most of the 11 essays in Libraries and the Future , the tenor and authority of which are provided by works of fantasy and science fiction, including two references to Star Trek . The essays often rely on vacuous imperatives ("we need to . . . "; "libraries must . . . " in order to propel their arguments. Meanwhile, they repeat forecasts, which, these days, are rather obvious and unimaginative: CD-ROMs will remain serviceable for storage and retrieval of information; remote access will allow information seekers to work from their homes or businesses; privatization of certain kinds of information will increase; and so on. A "virtual information center" depicted in one essay is as likely to provoke nausea as amazement. Curiously, the most instructive essay describes the current state of libraries in Brazil. A superior treatment of the theme may be found in a special issue of Representations , No. 42, "Future Libraries," Univ. of California Pr., Spring 1993. Not recommended.
- Dean Rowan, Whitter P.L., Cal.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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