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Birdsall, William F. The Myth of the Electronic Library: Librarianship and Social Change in America. (Contributions in Librarianship and Information Science, Number 82). Greenwood Press: Westport, CT. 1994. 224pp.
The author has created a scholarly opus that will appeal primarily to librarians uncomfortable with the electronic library and seeking a basis for not following their leaders who tell them the library as a place will disappear. Whether or not Birdsall provides an answer or relieves anxiety depends largely upon what the reader brings to the book.
Librarians who are frightened that their building-s and positions might be replaced by computer …