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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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The user of tomorrow: young people and the future of library provision

Judith Elkin

Introduction

The debate about the future of libraries in an era of sophisticated technology is well covered elsewhere in this volume. But what are the implications for children? What traditional or new literacy skills might they require for the future? What might libraries for children and young people look like tomorrow? This chapter attempts to crystal-gaze, with the child in mind. It will look at the importance of reading and literacy in a future society where the child will need every opportunity to help it survive in an ever more demanding technological environment. It will look at how libraries might cater for the many and varied future needs of the ...

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