Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality

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Future Libraries offers an authoritative counter argument to the technolust of technovandals, as the authors describe the worst of the virtualists. Far from being technophobic, Crawford and Gorman are respected authors and leaders in library automation. They find much of the virtual library vision to be virtual nonsense and devastating to the cultural mission of libraries.

In place of futuristic dreaming and madness, they show how libraries can embrace advanced technologies while retaining their role as service-oriented repositories of all formats of organized information and knowledge—a role that compliments the values that community library buildings and user-friendly librarians deliver best. The authors target the electronic publishing industry, among others, and fantasies associated with it; offer a "survival guide to the serials crisis;" and analyze the economics of collections and access. A bibliography is included.

2 The Life of Print
3 The Madness of Technolust
4 Electronic Publishing and Distribution
5 Coping with Electronic Information
6 Deconstructing Dreams of the All-Electronic Future
7 Enemies of the Library
8 The Diversity of Libraries
9 Economics of Collection and Access
10 Survival Guide to the Serials Crisis
11 Future Libraries: Beyond the Walls
12 Successful Libraries Make Their Own Luck

Walt Crawford

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.

Michael Gorman

Michael Gorman, dean of libraries at California State University at Fresno, has worked in libraries for some four decades on two continents. He is coauthor with Walt Carwford of the best-selling Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Reality (ALA Editions, 1995). A shaper of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, he has won numerous awards and honors, including the Melvil Dewey Medal.

"Michael Gorman, along with Walt Crawford, co-authored in 1995 what may be the best-ever non-textbook library science book ever— Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, and Realty."
--Public Library Quarterly

"Crawford and Gorman have sounded the call for a balance of effort and insight so desperately needed. The long legacy of librarianship must not be forfeited in the glaring light of the solar majesty of technology."
—The Serials Librarian

"This is an important, timely work that should excite debate and controversy among librarians and others who have been following some of the issues raised by Gorman and Crawford."
—Library Acquisitions: Practice & Theory

"Anyone designing a long-range plan for their library will want to read this first."
—School Library Journal

"This is an excellent book written by experts in their field and will remain a core text for years to come. It is highly quotable and very readable."
—Electronic Library

"...an inviting exterior and won't disappoint the reader who ventures inside."
—Technical Service Quarterly