Libraries in the Digital Future

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Science  04 Sep 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5382, pp. 1461-1462
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5382.1461

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Books, Bricks, and Bytes Libraries in the Twenty-First Century. Stephen R. Graubard and Paul LeClerc, Eds. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, NJ, 1998. 379 pp. Paper, $24.95. ISBN1-56000-986-1.

Books, Bricks, and Bytes is a collection of essays looking at the future of libraries, written on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the New York Public Library. While defending the evolving role of librarians, most of the essays fail to grapple with potential problems such as rights to see and use information, or questions of archiving impermanent digital records.