Trends and Issues in State Libraries: Balancing Books and Bytes

Public libraries will continue to be buffeted by budget shortfalls at state and local levels. The rapid changes brought about by the Internet and electronic resources, as well as copyright, privacy issues, and censorship concerns, have presented major problems. Public libraries have adapted with new forms of service and new organizational structures.

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About the Author
Thomas J. Hennen Jr. is director of the Waukesha County Federated Library System in Wisconsin. He is the creator of the HAPLR Library Ratings (www.haplrindex. com), and author of Hennen’s Public Library Planner (Neal-Schuman, 2004).