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Libraries of the Future (JISC)

July 24, 2009

Libraries are at a turning point. As technology rapidly transforms the way we access information, and resources are increasingly available online and in digital formats, the established role of the library as a physical space housing racks of books is looking increasingly out of step with the needs of students and researchers.

This is one of many thought-provoking items from JISC’s Libraries of the Future campaign.  They continue:

Allied with technology, library users’ needs and preferences are helping to drive the change in libraries. Students, researchers and teachers now expect to be able to access information around the clock, from almost anywhere in the world and via a growing number of devices, from laptops to phones.

While the “take home” message is different than JISC, which is focused on academic libraries, the core message is the same – libraries need to continue innovating, rethinking how we support users.  A good read for pushing ourselves to reevaluate what we do, why we do, and how we should be doing it.

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