Whither the Postmodern Library?: Libraries, Technology, and Education in the Information Age

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McFarland, 2000 M05 1 - 133 pages
Once upon a time, looking for a book in the library involved an ancient mechanism called the card catalog. Now, most card catalogs are gone forever and patrons gaze at computer screens. As electronic technology becomes more pervasive, or invasive, librarians and library users continue to be embroiled in the controversy over the function of a library and its staff. As "knowledge" loses ground to "information" and techware pre-empts book budgets, library collections are "purged" and reference librarians find their role diminished—except to put more paper in the printer (to serve the voracious wood-pulp appetite of the new paperless society). The essays in this book analyze the complex issues surrounding the postmodern library and its increasingly impersonal nature, as the librarian at its center is more and more frequently marginalized. The insights and observations, both practical and thoughtful are those of a practicing librarian. An annotated bibliography guides the reader to additional important articles and books that explore the future of the library and the role of technology.

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The Winter of Knowledge
Good Technology Bad Technology
Good Education Bad Education
Whither the Postmodern Library?
The Self That Remains
A Selected Annotated Bibliography

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William H. Wisner is a reference librarian at Laredo Community College in Laredo, Texas. He has written for such publications as Library Journal, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and The Unabashed Librarian. He lives in Laredo.

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