Library 2020 : today's leading visionaries describe tomorrow's library
<span><span><span>Broadly representative of important perspectives and aspects within the profession as well as featuring important voices beyond the professional realm,</span><span style="font-style:italic">Library 2020</span><span> presents thought-provoking and illuminating visions from many points of view. It is both required reading for library leaders and trustees as well as an ideal supplemental text for LIS classes looking at the future of the profession.</span></span></span>
Heart of the community : the libraries we love : treasured libraries of the United States and Canada
Published in an oversize format (9.25x12.25"), and full of color photos, this volume contains descriptions and histories of 80 libraries mainly in the US and a few in Canada, with two pages devoted to each. Each library's address, details about its founding and building, current specialities and focus, and future plans are included in each profile. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
BiblioTech : why libraries matter more than ever in the age of Google
"Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information. In BiblioTech, educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. And libraries, which play a crucial role in making these skills and informationavailable, are at risk. In order to survive our rapidly modernizing world and dwindling government funding, libraries must make the transition to a digital future as soon as possible-by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material ispublicly available online. Not all of these changes will be easy for libraries to implement. But as Palfrey boldly argues, these modifications are vital if we hope to save libraries and, through them, the American democratic ideal. "--
Part of our lives : a people's history of the American public library
"Part of Our Lives challenges the conventional idea that public libraries are valuable mostly because they are essential to democracy. Instead, this book uses the voices of generations of public library users to argue that Americans have loved their libraries for the useful information they make accessible; the public spaces they provide; and the commonplace reading materials they supply that help users make sense of the world around them"--
America's library : the story of the Library of Congress, 1800-2000
Traces the history of the Library of Congress under the leadership of each of the men who have been appointed as Librarian of Congress and discusses how the Library's collections have reflected American political and intellectual developments.
The maximum security book club : reading literature in a men's prison
An Oxford-educated scholar, author and psychoanalyst, while on a sabbatical from teaching literature to undergraduates, starts a book club with a group of convicts from the Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland during which she learns unexpected lessons in the company of these complex, difficult men. 50,000 first printing.