BOOKSPACE: COLLECTED ESSAYS ON LIBRARIES by Various Artists

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BOOKSPACE: COLLECTED ESSAYS ON LIBRARIES by Various Artists

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Published by Inland  Editions

21 x 13 cm, 150 pages, Black & white / color offset printed, Perfect bound, Softcover, 2015

"A comprehensive look at the social role of libraries is a key part of the book. In the Western World, constant funding cuts – justified with austerity measures and the economic crises – affect the functioning and closing of libraries. While in the Middle East and Northern Africa, the challenges arise from socio-political crises and military regimes. Thus, threatening the preservation and sharing of knowledge, and overshadowing those libraries’ historical roots and social roles.

The speed of technical innovation makes any discussions of future developments uncertain. A well-rounded critical debate of the current state of libraries, which for centuries have been vital sources and distributors of knowledge and information, seems to be an important step to better understand what drives our society. Recognising how patterns of information distribution and consumption are changing, we aim to suggest how they might evolve in the near future."

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