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Libraries, society and social responsibility

David Baker and Wendy Evans

Introduction

This chapter introduces the key themes, concepts and ideas that are at the heart of this book. It begins by summarising the many challenges that libraries – and societies more generally – face now and for the foreseeable future. It draws attention to the importance of information and communications technology (ICT) as one of the key drivers, not only in terms of infrastructure provision but also with respect to the ways in which information and content are stored, accessed and harnessed to best effect. In this context, one of the major challenges currently faced is the digital divide. Libraries have a key role in bridging the significant gap that still ...

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