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In Civic Space/Cyberspace, Redmond Kathleen Molz and Phyllis Dain assess the current condition and direction of the American public library. They consider the challenges and opportunities presented by new electronic technologies, changing public policy, fiscal realities, and cultural trends. They draw on site visits and interviews conducted across the country; extensive reading of reports, surveys, and other documents; and their long-standing interest in the library's place in the social and civic structure. The book combines a scholarly, humanistic, and historical approach to public libraries with a clear-eyed look at their problems and prospects, including their role in the emerging national information infrastructure.
|1||The Mission: Consensus and Contradiction||11|
|2||The Institution: Governance and Funding||45|
|3||The National Perspective: The Federal Role in Library Development||89|
|4||The National Perspective: The National Information Infrastructure||123|
|5||The Institution: Services, Technology, and Communities||183|