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The End of Wisdom? by David Baker, Wendy Evans

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Chapter 3

The Influence of Digital Media on the Design of Libraries

Charlie Smith     School of Art and Design, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Abstract

This is an opinion piece, exploring how – and in what ways – digitisation is changing the role of libraries and how they might evolve in the future.

Keywords

A place for physical books; Future trends in library design; Hybrid library buildings; Libraries for preservation; Library design in the digital era; Student library projects
Ever since the Internet came into common use, pessimists have predicted the death of the library and its replacement with digital information, freely and immediately accessed via the World Wide Web. They claimed the library would be rendered obsolete by this virtual world ...

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