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`I Only Hate Broccoli' : The Library as Place in 21st Century America
한국문헌정보학회지 = Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
, 2010년, pp.61 - 74
Wiegand, Wayne A.
(Library and Information Studies Florida State University Tallahassee)