An International Perspective, Volume 1

Libraries have been part of human civilization for centuries. They have been developed and destroyed many times due to acts of war and natural disasters, but they have kept up with the challenges. The introduction of technology in libraries in the last quarter of the twentieth century has changed the face of libraries, their operations, and access to their collections. This unique volume of “Libraries in the Early 21st Century: An International Perspective”, edited by Ravindra N. Sharma, an experienced dean of libraries at Monmouth University, USA and an author/editor, gives a truly international overview of the development of libraries and library technology in many countries of the world, including: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, China, France, Azerbaijan, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Nigeria, Russia, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and others. All chapters have been written by well-known library leaders and library educators-including several former IFLA presidents. 2009-2011 IFLA President Ellen Tise contributed the Foreword.

The individual chapters deal with current development in libraries with an emphasis on technology and the future of libraries to the year 2025.

This book is an excellent addition to the library literature and international librarianship and is highly recommended for all types of libraries. A second volume of the book will be published by De Gruyter in 2012 with chapters from a variety of developed and developing nations with rich information concerning the impact of technology on libraries, for the benefit of all librarians, Scholars, and library educators.

Libraries in the early 21st century, volume 1
An international perspective

Edited by Ravindra N. Sharma
Berlin/Munich: De Gruyter Saur, 2012
ISBN 978-3-11-027056-3
Euro 99,95 / for USA, Canada, Mexico US$ 150.00

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