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.
"Civic Space/Cyberspace provides a seminal work that places libraries in the emergent cyberculture of our time....Professors Molz and Dain have written an important, lively, entertaining, provocative book. It deserves to be read widely across the information professions and used in the education of future information scientists and professionals." - Richard J. Cox, Journal of the American Society for Information Science; "Concise, coherent, and readable....Molz and Dain have succeeded in providing an excellent primer on the social, political, and economic forces shaping the public library." - Alan R. Earls, Connection"