Books, Bricks, And Bytes

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Overview

Libraries are experiencing a technological revolution that goes well beyond anything that has existed since the invention of printing. Not surprisingly, the digital library, with all that it portends for the future of the book and the periodical, but also with all that it implies for the kinds of information that will be collected and disseminated, will necessarily preoccupy those responsible for libraries in the new century. Everything from copyright, access, and cost to the nature of the reading public itself is now up for re-examination. Books, Bricks, and Bytes brings together an extraordinary array of authors at the cutting edge of these concerns, not only within the United States, but experts drawn from Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, and India. Each contributor shows in concrete detail and vivid illustration that the library as a world of holdings is increasingly valued as an incomparable place to access information. In his preface to the book, Stephen Graubard reminds us that whether or not one believes in the reality of the information revolution that is said to be overtaking the world, it is obvious that the libraries being built today do not resemble those marble sanctuaries constructed in the Victorian age or in the early twentieth century. This is a work that shows how libraries have been transformed from "refuges" from the external world, to places that reflect the social and intellectual values of specific societies. The idea that the library is a public trust and public resource is at the center of this unusually fine collection at the cutting edge of professional and public life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560009863
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
What is a Digital Library? Technology, Intellectual Property, and the Public Interest 1
Libraries, the Library of Congress, and the Information Age 35
Buy or Lease? Two Models for Scholarly Information at the End (or the Beginning) of an Era 55
A Library Historian Looks at Librarianship 77
Librarianship: A Changing Profession 103
Libraries and Publishers: A Partnership at Risk 127
Searching for the Catalog of Catalogs 147
The Yin and Yang of Knowing 161
The Centrality of Communities to the Future of Major Public Libraries 173
Redefining Community through the Public Library 191
American Public Libraries: A Long Transformative Moment 207
Bricks and Bytes: Libraries in Flux 221
A Distant Mirror: The Story of Libraries in South Africa 235
Libraries, Social Inequality, and the Challenge of the Twenty-First Century 267
The History of the French National Library 283
Problems of Russian Libraries in an Age of Social Change 293
Making the Transitory Permanent: The Intellectual Heritage in a Digitized World of Knowledge 307
Allocated Parts: The Story of Libraries in Germany 331
The Story of Libraries in India 353
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