Graphic novelist Stephan Pastis, author of the “Timmy Failure” series, presents a program in the Center for the Book’s Young Readers Center

Center for the Book Publications List

Books, Reading and Technology

Books and Other Machines: An exhibition in the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, December 7, 1984–June 2, 1985 (1985)
Author:
Alice D. Schreyer
Description: 98 p. Descriptive catalogue for an exhibition inspired by and supplementing the Center for the Book’s 1984 “Books in our Future” project. This unpublished object list is available in the Center for the Book office, along with related research materials.
Links: LCIB coverage (issue 61.10)

Books and Reading in Our Future—Revisited (June 1999)
Author: LCIB staff
Description: Article from LCIB issue 58.6 (p. 146-147) discussing the Center for the Book’s role as a forum for conversation about the future of books and reading. Focuses on a conference hosted by the Vermont Center for the Book in November 1998 and on the Center for the Book’s leadership role in the 1983-1984 Library of Congress Books in Our Future study.
Links: Full article

Books in Our Future: A Report from the Librarian of Congress to the Congress (1984)
Author:
Daniel J. Boorstin
Description: 49 p. Published as Senate Report 98-231 by the Joint Committee on the Library, this was the first of two “Books in Our Future” publications resulting from S. Con. Res. 59, agreed upon Nov. 18, 1983, authorizing “a study of the changing role of the book in the future, to be made by the Librarian of Congress under the auspices of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.”
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | LCIB coverage (issue 43.18)

Books in Our Future: Perspectives and Proposals (1984)
Author:
Edited by John Y. Cole
Description: 388 p. The second publication of the “Books in Our Future” project authorized by Congress in 1983. It provides background about the study, supplementing the initial report submitted by Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin in 1984, and includes the extended views of the project’s 21 distinguished advisors.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | LCIB coverage (issue 58.6)

CFB on TV: Center for the Book Begins Third Decade of Promoting Reading on Television (December 1998)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 57.12 (p. 290-292) discussing ways in which the Center for the Book, since its earliest days, has used television to promote books and reading.
Links: Full article

Gresham’s Law: Knowledge or Information? (1980)
Author:
Daniel J. Boorstin
Description: 6 p. Viewpoint No. 3. Remarks at the White House Conference on Library and Information Services on November 19, 1979. Reprinted 1986.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust

Radio and Reading: A Report on a Symposium at the Library of Congress (July 1983)
Author:
John Y. Cole
Description: Article from LCIB issue 42.27 (p. 220-224) summarizing the proceedings of a May 19, 1983 symposium focusing on the relationship of radio, reading, and books hosted by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress.
Links: Full article

The Reader-Viewer-Listener: An Essay in Communication (1987)
Author:
Lester Asheim
Description: 33 p. Viewpoint No. 18. A reflection by a prominent educator on the relationship of the book to other media and its role in the communication process. Reprinted 1998.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through HathiTrust | LCIB coverage (issue 57.5)

Reading Through Different Means: Dots and Sound (September/October 2015)
Author:
Karen Keninger
Description: Article from Library of Congress Magazine Vol. 4 No. 5 (p. 16-19) which describes Braille, talking books and other technological advances used to make reading universally accessible by the Library’s National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
Links: Full article (pdf download)

Research Collections in the Information Age: The Library of Congress Looks to the Future (1990)
Author:
Stephen E. Ostrow, Robert Zich; edited by John Y. Cole
Description: 18 p. Viewpoint No. 27. A debate regarding the value of library collections in a research institution, with an emphasis on the example of the Library of Congress.
Links: LC catalog entry | LCIB coverage (issue 49.19)

Television, the Book, and the Classroom (1978)
Author:
Edited by John Y. Cole
Description: 128 p. Presentations and discussion from a symposium at the Library of Congress on April 26-27, 1978 regarding the use of television in the educational process and its integration with the printed word. Includes opening remarks by Daniel J. Boorstin, Ernest L. Boyer, Mortimer J. Adler, and Frank Stanton.
Links: LC catalog entry | Full text through LC website | Full text through HathiTrust | LCIB coverage (issue 37.19)