BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John PalfreyBiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google by John Palfrey

BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

byJohn Palfrey

Hardcover | May 5, 2015

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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 information available, 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 is publicly 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.
John Palfrey is Head of School at Phillips Andover Academy. Palfrey led the effort to reorganize the Harvard Law School Library, and is the founding chairman of the Digital Public Library of America. The author of several books including Born Digital, Palfrey lives in Andover, Massachusetts.
Title:BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of GoogleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:May 5, 2015Publisher:Basic BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0465042996

ISBN - 13:9780465042999


Table of Contents

1. Crisis: A Perfect Storm
2. Customers: How We Use Libraries
3. Spaces: The Connection Between the Virtual and the Physical
4. Platforms: What Cloud Computing Means for Libraries
5. Hacking Libraries: How to Build the Future
6. Networks: The Human Network of Librarians
7. Preservation: Collaboration, Not Competition, to Preserve Culture
8. Education: Libraries and Connected Learners
9. Law: Why Copyright and Privacy Matter So Much
10. Conclusion: What’s At Stake

Editorial Reviews

Doron Weber, Vice President of Programs and Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation“One of America's top educators and library leaders makes a passionate argument for why libraries in the digital age are more important than ever to our democracy. In a lucid, conversational style that draws on his unique knowledge and experience, digital library pioneer John Palfrey offers a penetrating analysis of how libraries must transition to a digital, collaborative, and networked future while preserving the best of their traditional physical advantages. An urgent, eloquent call for the public option—indeed, the public obligation!—to step up and manage this historic shift to the digital future so that every member of society has equal access to knowledge and information that is responsibly presented and preserved for the benefit of all.”Lawrence Lessig, author of Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It“A powerful and beautifully crafted argument for extending the reach of one our culture's most important common resources: the library. But John Palfrey's unique perspective—as an educator, an academic administrator, former law professor, and former law librarian—makes this a book not just about libraries, but also about culture in the digital age, and how much common culture depends upon the commitment to shared and public resources.”