The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks

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The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks


Wiley, Deborah Lynne, Online Searcher


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The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks

By Lorcan Dempsey

Edited by Kenneth J. Varnum

ISBN: 978-0-8389-1233-1

Published: 2014

Pages: 320

Price: $57

Available from: American Library

Association, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611; alastore.ala.org

If you are not familiar with Lorcan Dempsey's blog (orweblog.oclc.org), this book is your introduction to a very creative thinker. He writes about library topics with an eye for the unusual connection, the new idea, or thought-provoking comment and turn of phrase. This book is a selected collection from his 1,869 blog entries from 2003 through 2013.

The author/blogger is currently working as vice president, OCLC Research, and chief strategist. A well-known writer and speaker, his blog posts have become much less frequent of late. The editor is the web systems manager at the University of Michigan Library. Together, they present musings and comments on the issues shaping the library community during the past decade, with a particular focus on how networks influence library services and the organizations themselves. Additionally, the book contains comments, in shaded boxes, from blog readers. …

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