ALA to publish book of curated blog posts by Lorcan Dempsey in Summer 2014

Update: The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks is available in a print edition from the ALA Store in the US, and from Facet in the UK. It is also available as an e-book from Amazon worldwide, as well as from other major e-book vendors.

See the overview page for complete details, including a link to a video in which Lorcan Demspey and Ken Varnum discuss how the book came about, its overall theme, blogging, and what's to come.


Written by OCLC Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist Lorcan Dempsey and edited by Kenneth J. Varnum, The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks brings together over ten years of blog entries from the influential library blog, Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog.

Over the last decade, Lorcan has blogged about important facets of library technology, from the emergence of Web 2.0 as a concept to open source ILS tools and the push to web-scale library management systems. His posts have covered the evolution of libraries, from how library organization, services and technologies are co-evolving with the behaviors of their users to support their changing research and learning needs, to how the curatorial traditions of archives, libraries and museums have come together in the digital environment. A central feature of the blog has been to introduce and name several important trends, including discovery happens elsewhere, the collective collection, in the flow, the inside-out library, and at the network level.

The Network Reshapes the Library includes more than 1,800 of Lorcan’s blog posts, providing his valuable perspective on where libraries have been in the last decade as well as his influential insights into how libraries will evolve in the future. Available in Summer 2014, ALA Publishing is accepting pre-orders for the book now and will ship it as soon as it is available. See the ALA Publishing website for additional information, including an abstract and biographical information about Lorcan Dempsey and Kenneth J. Varnum.

For more information:

Lorcan Dempsey
Vice President, Research, and Chief Strategist

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Quick links

Pre-order The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services and Networks [link]

Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog [link]

Lorcan Dempsey [link]

Kenneth J. Varnum [link]