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Mary Niles Maack

Mary Maack Mary Maack

"Form Follows Function: Reflection on the Architecture of the Printed Book
as the Key to Its FUture in the Electronic ENvironment"

Date of Speech - May 25, 2000.

Mary Maack is a Professor of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.



About this Lecture

At the close of the 20th century, it became clear that the structure of the electronic database affords much more efficient information storage and retrieval than can be archived using printed matter, and the World Wide Web offers unparalleled possibilities for the rapid transmission of test and images. Nonetheless, those who predict the end of print culture forget that other functions of the printed book have not yet been seriously challenged.

Using an architectural metaphor, Prof. Maack will analyze the physical and spatial aspects of the printed book, and concludes that its survival will be ensured because its format facilities certain uses of text in a way that cannot be duplicated by electronic media."

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