Library Trends 46 (1) Summer 1997: Buildings, Books, and Bytes


Library Trends 46 (1) Summer 1997: Buildings, Books, and Bytes: Perspectives on the Benton Foundation Report on Libraries in the Digital Age. Edited by Herbert Goldhor.

The various issues of Library Trends are usually concerned with the past and/or the present circumstances of a given topic in an attempt to understand and to explain the developments that have taken place. This issue is somewhat different in that its main focus is on the future in an attempt to perceive what is likely to happen rather than to analyze what has already taken place. In November 1996, the Benton Foundation in Washington, DC, published a report, Buildings, Books, and Bytes: Libraries and Communities in the Digital Age. It was the opinion of the Publications Committee of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science that this report by the Benton Foundation is of sufficient importance that an issue of Library Trends should be devoted to it.

In reviewing the articles in this issue of Library Trends, the editor is satisfied that a wide array of responses to the report have been presented and that most of the major issues arising from the study have been addressed.

Library Trends (ISSN 0024-2594) is an essential tool for librarians and educators alike. Each issue thoroughly explores a current topic of interest in professional librarianship and includes practical applications, thorough analyses, and literature reviews. The journal is published quarterly for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science by The Johns Hopkins University Press. For subscription information, call 800-548-1784 (410-516-6987 outside the U.S. and Canada), email jlorder [at], or visit

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