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

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Libraries Unlimited, 1997 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 178 pages

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.

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Scenario 2 Its About Time
Scenario 3 One Touch of Virus
Scenario 4 House Dutiful Franks Day Off
Scenario 5 After the Power Went Off
Scenario 6 In the Back of My Mind
Scenario 7 Keeping Track of People
Scenario 8 Far Far from Home
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Page xxxii - People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I dont believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they cant find them, make them.
Page 160 - I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past...
Page 162 - Who controls the past controls the future. . . . Who controls the present controls the past.
Page 162 - The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith...
Page 169 - Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." — Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949...
Page 169 - That is the biggest fool thing we have ever done. . . . The bomb will never go off, and I speak as an expert in explosives.
Page 160 - I hold that that man is in the right who is most closely in league with the future.
Page 169 - ptievisionj won't be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.

About the author (1997)

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

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