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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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Foreword

Ellen R. Tise

In the current environment of the exponential growth of information, the library, in all its forms, is the institution that is most representative of a growing and developing society. Therefore, it must be acknowledged that libraries are indispensable, as they are, by their very nature, the conduit for the capture, preservation and delivery of ‘our nation’s heritage, the heritage of humanity, the records of its triumphs and failures, of mankind’s intellectual, scientific, and artistic achievements’, as described by Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York in 2007.1 Libraries have always been – and will continue in that vein to be – that societal institution that propagates democracy and growth ...

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