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Beyond the Library of the Future: More Alternative Futures for the Public Library

Bruce A. Shuman

With insightful comments from a variety of sources-and a generous dose of humor-Shuman builds fictional scenarios that are guaranteed to get librarians thinking, What if...? Eight new scenarios explore such developments as virtual reality, robots, time travel, computer viruses, security, and more-all within the context of the public library (or cybrary, as the author calls it). Written in a conversational tone, the book is intended to stimulate discourse and exploration of issues. Current trends are carefully woven into each scenario as Shuman investigates issues surrounding the library's role in the future. A list of quotations about the future and an extensive bibliography for further reading conclude the work. This book is a sequel to (not a revision of) Shuman's previous work The Library of the Future. Like its predecessor, it is entertaining and thought-provoking-a great read for librarians, library administrators, and students in library school.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publish Date: Mar 15th, 1997
  • Pages: 178
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.49in - 6.29in - 0.71in - 1.19lb
  • EAN: 9781563084560
  • Categories: Library & Information Science - General

About the Author

Shuman, Bruce A.: -

BRUCE A. SHUMAN is Adjunct Professor, Texas Woman's University, School of Library & Information Science, Denton.

Praise for this book

"Shuman's book could be either a useful jump-start in preparing for the future or, alternatively, a primer for readers to chart their own scenarios and, ultimately, strategies."-Journal of the American Society for Information Science
"A unique way to stimulate discussion among library students, the volume is both clever and a little scary."-Reference and Research Book News
?A unique way to stimulate discussion among library students, the volume is both clever and a little scary.?-Reference and Research Book News
?Shuman's book could be either a useful jump-start in preparing for the future or, alternatively, a primer for readers to chart their own scenarios and, ultimately, strategies.?-Journal of the American Society for Information Science