Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries

American Library Association, 1999 - 245 Seiten
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Walt Crawford, coauthor of Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, & Reality, offers an alternative model to a simplistic digital future in Being Analog: Creating Tomorrow's Libraries. The always outspoken Crawford challenges popular prognostications, asserting that the complex mix of technologies projects no clear path to the future and that people use technology in unexpected ways. In today's competitive funding environment, digital dreams of virtual libraries pose the real threat of misguided physical and budgetary planning. Crawford's cogent arguments will help you articulate your own viewpoint to administrators, staff, or users who claim that the virtual library will do it all for less. He explores the roles of libraries and the reasons people use libraries. He helps you make choices among the ever shifting, complex combinations of digital and analog resources.

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Because of my tremendous respect for Crawford, Access Services Officer of the Research Libraries Group, I read and reread Being Analog to see if the problem with it is me. Maybe it is, but I couldn't ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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The Future Is Not What It Used to Be
The AllDigital Future Does Not Compute
Different Strokes People and the Future
Coping with Nonsense Numeracy and Common Sense
Libraries and Librarians
Tomorrows Libraries Complex Places
Tomorrows Libraries Complex Services
Many Libraries Strength in Diversity
Digital Resources and Analog Users
Telling Your Stories Hearing Their Needs
Creating Tomorrows Libraries
The Circle of Sharing Why Cataloging Still Counts
Partnerships Libraries and the Community
Partnerships The Community of Libraries
Taking on New Roles
Revolution through Evolution

Real Librarianship in a Complex World
Resources and Users
Books and Beyond Thinking about Media
New Media New Niches

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Seite 11 - He makes many interesting observations. For example, in the context of literature: 'it is very unlikely that the computer will replace the book as a reading tool in the way that it has replaced the typewriter as a writing tool'7.
Seite 21 - Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."1 You can make wonderful literature by extrapolating from the consequences of infinite technological improvement.
Seite 9 - The desirability and inevitability of dramatic change. Printed matter will eventually be relegated to niche...

Über den Autor (1999)

Walt Crawford is an internationally recognized writer and speaker on libraries, technology, policy and media. Author of numerous books, articles, and columns, Crawford is also 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 maintains a blog on these and other issues, Walt at Random. He received the LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science in 1995, the ALCTS/Blackwell Scholarship Award in 1997, and the Gale Group Online Excellence in Information Authorship Award in 1998. A senior analyst at RLG for four decades, he previously wrote Library Technology Reports vol. 41, no. 2, Policy and Library Technology.

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