Libraries, Community, and Technology


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About the Book

A number of people, including politicians, techies, and even librarians themselves, are convinced that if libraries are not obsolete now, it is only a matter of time until they are, thanks to the Internet. Many, though, are optimistic about the future of libraries and their continuing role in shaping a community’s cultural life. Libraries have changed, but the important things about them have not.
This book is a collection of 15 essays written by the author. All of the essays consider the relationships between libraries, the communities they serve, and the technology that has become such a significant part of them. Among the topics explored are the public library and its social mission, librarians and their core values, the concept of the killer application as it pertains to librarianship, balancing competing claims on resources, why the author became a librarian, why libraries should not be re-engineered, re-imagined or otherwise changed, how technology is being used to help libraries stay local, digitizing on a budget for public libraries, why the Internet will not replace public libraries, e-books, the end of cataloging, how library technology strikes back, new competencies for library trustees, and how librarians weed books, deciding which ones should be kept and which are just taking up space.

About the Author(s)

Andy Barnett is the director of McMillan Memorial Library in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

Bibliographic Details

Andy Barnett
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 168
Bibliographic Info: bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2002
pISBN: 978-0-7864-1379-9
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8020-3
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Three Views of the Public Library     5

What Is a Public Library and Does It Still Have a Social Mission?     7

Librarians and Their Core Values     15

The Library Considered as a Helix of Killer Applications     24

Conflict and Resolution?     31

Why I Am a Librarian     38

Why the Library Should Not Be Re-engineered, Re-imagined or Otherwise Messed With     47

Using Technology to Stay Local     53

Digitizing on a Budget for Public Libraries     61

Why the Internet Is Not a Replacement for the Public Library     75

E-Books Considered     98

The Death of Cataloging     103

How Library Technology Bites Back     117

New Competencies for Library Trustees     135

Weeding: A Core Skill     148

Recommended Reading     153

Works Cited     155

About the Author     157

Index     159

Book Reviews & Awards

“provocative…for your own well-being and that of your library, read this book!—Library Journal; “highly readable and accessible…consistently thought-provoking and compelling…valuable”—Booklist; “a worthy acquisition…Barnett’s essays would be ideal for generating a library discussion group amongst colleagues”—Against the Grain; “[the author] writes in a fluent, easy style…. There is wit and commonsense in this book, which will be read with profit by public librarians and others concerned with where the profession is heading”—The Australian Library Journal.