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Hardcover | Out of Print | ISBN: 9780262133463 | 275 pp. | 6 x 9 in | March 1999
Paperback | $35.00 Short | £24.95 | ISBN: 9780262632225 | 275 pp. | 6 x 9 in | January 2001

Civic Space/Cyberspace

The American Public Library in the Information Age


In Civic Space/Cyberspace, Redmond Kathleen Molz and Phyllis Dain assess the current condition and direction of the American public library. They consider the challenges and opportunities presented by new electronic technologies, changing public policy, fiscal realities, and cultural trends. They draw on site visits and interviews conducted across the country; extensive reading of reports, surveys, and other documents; and their long-standing interest in the library's place in the social and civic structure. The book combines a scholarly, humanistic, and historical approach to public libraries with a clear-eyed look at their problems and prospects, including their role in the emerging national information infrastructure.

About the Authors

Redmond Kathleen Molz is Professor of Public Affairs at the School of

International and Public Affairs, Columbia University.

Phyllis Dain is

Professor Emerita of Library Service at Columbia University.