The Transformed Library

The Transformed Library

E-books, Expertise, and Evolution

Paperback - 2013
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"This wide-ranging survey takes stock of our institutions strengths, weak- nesses, opportunities, and threats, analyzing how libraries and the very concept of librarianship have been comprehensively transformed over the past few decades. Woodward pro- vides a balanced, realistic assessment of the situation that confronts both libraries and information professionals. In an assessment that proves both provocative and stimulating, she Examines the key technological and economic developments that have already had an impact on librarianship, and offers a frank evaluation of the roles libraries must fill today and in the future Sums up the trends in library management of e-books and other electronic media, in the process showing how libraries can enlarge their function as community hubs through digital innovation Analyzes the skills and versatility todays library professionals need to survive and thrive Offers survival strategies tailored to librarians particular context, including academic, public, and school libraries The Transformed Library is an institution that can be more vibrant and relevant than ever, and Woodwards book demonstrates how."
Publisher: Chicago : ALA Editions, 2013.
ISBN: 9780838911648
Characteristics: xiii, 131 p. ; 23 cm.


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Oct 06, 2017

A wide-ranging and balanced look at the future of libraries, considering the development of electronic publishing (till 2013). There is some consideration of "nightmare" scenarios - library services outsourced, or delivered without professional staff - and the place of the library in a networked and online social world, followed by strong appraisals of the skills of librarianship and renewed vigor of the concept Library as Place. The best part of the text is the final three chapters, outlining positive features for public, academic, and school libraries within, and in partnership with, the increasing pace of technological change.


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