This article, provided by Walt Crawford of the Research Libraries Group in Online's January 1998 issue, makes a powerful argument that paper will continue to be an indispensible information medium in the forseeable future for both libraries and people in general. Among its conclusions: future information will be available in paper, electronic, linear and hypertext formats, and libraries will continue to be important as repositories of, as well as gateways to knowledge and information. Crawford, a well known philosopher of librarianship, has expanded on similar ideas in Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness & Reality, a book he wrote with Michael Gorman in 1995.
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Online Magazine: PaperPersists: Why Physical Library Collections Still Matter