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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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Islands in the cloud: libraries and the social life of information

David Vogt

Introduction

Digital media continue to transform society, resulting in uncertainty about the future of traditional institutions, including libraries. Yet libraries have always thrived on servicing the social value within humanity’s relationship with information, particularly as a function of community, and in regenerating the life of community. The author, an applied researcher in mobile-social technologies, predicts strong ongoing viability for this mediating role between information and community, given that libraries can become better plugged in to both. As we learn to live in information clouds, libraries will be our common ground: islands in the social life ...

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