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Libraries and Society by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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Preface

David Baker and Wendy Evans

Libraries have a long and honourable history – almost as long as that of the written word; and the library as concept, collection and service has changed and developed to meet new challenges and altered environments. Underneath all the different guises in which libraries have emerged over the centuries, there remains that key, core responsibility of the library as a force for good – educational, economic and social – within society. But the world is changing rapidly, and libraries must change with their altered and altering environment if they are to maintain and, indeed, enhance their status and position for the future. This is particularly true as we move to an ever more digital world in which the Internet ...

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