Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change

Balanced Libraries: Cover

Now available at my Lulu storefront or directly, with full information and preview pages.

Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change is my contribution to the ongoing set of discussions, experiments and changes in libraries and librarianship that sometimes carries the name “Library 2.0.”

It’s a 247-page 6×9 paperback with fifteen chapters. $21.95 $29.50 plus shipping. Price changed on August 24, 2007, and book became available through CreateSpace and (presumably) Amazon.
Readers of Cites & Insights have had access to draft versions of two chapters. An essentially-final version of a third chapter will be in the April 2007 Cites & Insights, which will also have a lot more information on the book.

That issue should come out later today (Thursday, March 22, 2007).

13 Responses to “Balanced Libraries: Thoughts on Continuity and Change”

  1. Congrats. I can’t wait to read it.

  2. Meredith says:

    Super-cool! Congratulations! I can’t wait to read the rest of it this summer when I finally have some free time! I think it would definitely be interesting to read your book and Michael & Laura’s at the same time. Different perspectives are a very good thing. 🙂

  3. walt says:

    Thanks. Meredith: I agree. Michael & Laura’s book is the case where I recommended it “sight unread” even assuming I’ll disagree with portions of it…and nothing’s wrong with that. Of course, now I have to buy the four books I recommended…real soon now.

  4. Yes, congratulations! “Writing Is Hard”.

  5. walt says:

    Thanks, y’all.

  6. WoW!ter says:

    Walt, Congratulations.
    Our library just ordered a copy.

  7. Meg says:

    Congratulations, Walt! I’m sure it will be a great read.

  8. walt says:

    Thanks both. I think it’s a good read, but I’m biased. (Actually, I just can’t read it again for at least two or three months–it all seems awfully familiar at this point. One problem with rapid publishing…)

    Heck, I’m also proud of expanding my limited HTML/CSS/editing skills just enough to get the book cover into the footer on every page of this blog! I tried for the banner, but I’m not clever enough for that–and this is a little more subtle.

  9. Pete Smith says:

    My apologies for the typo in the other comments thread- and indeed for using that thread prematurely.

    I expect to get the book some time in April, so I’ll be back then. Though as an initial comment, it’s the ideas in chaps 3 and 15 that led me to buy the book. I want to wish you well in this venture.

  10. My order is on its way. It’s going to have to stand in line, because I have another book review and half a book manuscript due by the end of the month, but I’ll get to it.

    M-ch–l G-rm-n would be shocked. I intend to read it all the way through, and evaluate it as a whole. O’ course, I’m just one of the blog people. M-ch–l G-rm-n doesn’t think I can actually DO that.

  11. walt says:

    I’ve always sort of assumed that anyone who writes complete books probably reads them as well…and the number of current books by libloggers pretty much puts the lie to that particular nonsense.

    Half a book manuscript, hmm?

  12. Dorothea says:

    Half a book manuscript for a reader’s advisory book on fantasy authors. I am never doing a reference book EVER AGAIN. Too many fiddly little details.

  13. walt says:

    I believe that, particularly if you’re doing layout as well. That kind of reference book probably adds a substantial layer of complexity to an “ordinary” book.