Future Libraries

Future Libraries

by R. Howard Bloch
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions


As the digital revolution sweeps us toward the twenty-first century, what issues, passions, and anxieties are evoked when we consider the place of the library in the future? Humanists and social scientists are only beginning to recognize that the current revolution in the dissemination of knowledge is comparable to the one that followed the advent of printing,… See more details below

Overview


As the digital revolution sweeps us toward the twenty-first century, what issues, passions, and anxieties are evoked when we consider the place of the library in the future? Humanists and social scientists are only beginning to recognize that the current revolution in the dissemination of knowledge is comparable to the one that followed the advent of printing, when huge numbers of books first became available. On the eve of the opening of the Bibliothèque de France, which has become a lightning rod for the issues raised by the electronic revolution, this collection brings together distinguished lawyers, historians, librarians, computer scientists, linguists, and architects to assess the future of libraries, books, and the printed word. The contributors represent a wide range of institutions: the Bibliothèque de France, the Library of Congress, law schools, architectural firms, universities.

We are still exploring the ramifications of revolutionary techniques for writing and reading; new modes of storing and distributing data; new possibilities for acquiring, reconfiguring, and integrating knowledge. Future Libraries does much to stimulate and inform the debate on a revolution that will affect our most diverse cultural forms and our deepest social structures.

Read More

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
"What we are witnessing in the remaking of the library at the end of the twentieth century is not so much a technological revolution (which has already occurred) but the public reinvention of intellectual community in its wake," remark the editors in their introduction to this collection of ten essays. Indeed, these essays, written by librarians, historians, computer scientists, lawyers, linguists, and architects, open a wide perspective on the implications for libraries and their users of new ways of encountering knowledge and information. This perspective does not ignore the past: Roger Chartier, for example, contributes a compendium of Renaissance bibliographies. Much attention is given to the new Bibliothque Nationale de France, one essay focuses on the new San Francisco Public Library, and another on the resurgence of Eastern European libraries. Perhaps most fascinating is Anthony Vidler's analysis of the aesthetic and ideological significance of the architectural design of the new French national library. All but one of the essaysRobert Berring's account of the changing work of librariansoriginally appeared in a special issue of the journal Representations (Spring 1993, No. 42). Librarians, scholars, and informed readers will appreciate the provocative discussions included here.Dean C. Rowan, Whittier P.L., Cal
Booknews
All but one of the ten papers were contained in a special issue of Representations no.24 (Spring 1993). They consider the trends in libraries and in other aspects of culture that will impact libraries. Among the topics are the place of books in the age of electronic reproduction, future librarians, the libraries of eastern Europe, and books in space (that is, in the Bibliotheque de France, not outer space). No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520088115
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/22/1995
Series:
Representations Books Series
Pages:
165
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.94(h) x 0.43(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >