Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change

Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change

by Walt Crawford
     
 

A library system that stands still is unbalanced and headed for trouble. A library staff obsessed with Hot New Things and aiming for new users at the expense of familiar services and existing patrons is unbalanced and headed for trouble. Very few libraries fall into either extreme, but sometimes it seems as though we're urged toward one extreme. This book grew,…  See more details below

Overview

A library system that stands still is unbalanced and headed for trouble. A library staff obsessed with Hot New Things and aiming for new users at the expense of familiar services and existing patrons is unbalanced and headed for trouble. Very few libraries fall into either extreme, but sometimes it seems as though we're urged toward one extreme. This book grew, indirectly, out of discussions surrounding and emanating from "Library 2.0"-the ideas, the set of initiatives and the term itself. I believe those discussions have shifted toward more balanced approaches. This book aims to develop and continue those discussions. It is divided into three sections, not including the first and last two chapters. Three chapters discuss the library and its community. Four chapters discuss barriers to change. The remainder of the book discusses positive aspects of change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434805256
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Walt Crawford is an is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media.

Crawford is 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 also maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random.

Crawford's books include Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change (2007), First Have Something to Say: Writing for the Library Profession (2003), Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries (1999), Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality (with Michael Gorman, 1995), and eleven others going back to MARC for Library Use: Understanding the USMARC Formats (1984).

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