Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries by Walt Crawford

By Walt Crawford

Reading electronic assets in libraries and the folks that use them, this paintings deals an alternate version to a simplistic electronic destiny. the writer demanding situations well known notions of the digital library, announcing that the advanced mixture of applied sciences tasks no transparent route to the longer term and that individuals use expertise in unforeseen methods.

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Librarians still need to ensure that their futures are not endangered by projections of the all-digital future. The next two chapters discuss some problems with the all-digital future; the last chapter in this section discusses some ways that librarians can cope with misleading arguments. Notes 1. Odlyzko, Andrew. " Library Trends 46:1 (1997): 15267. 2. All quotations in this section are from the paper cited here. 3. The book's title is Future Libraries: note carefully the lack of any subtitle!

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