Libraries of the Future

Libraries of the Future is a project set up to help those who work in academic libraries plan for the future – http://www.futurelibraries.info/content/

The project produced three scenarios which represent possible futures for higher education in the UK: the Wild West (a no-holds-barred free-for-all learning community, picking and choosing courses and learning materials),    the Beehive (structured, organised and homogenous), and the Walled Garden (insular and inward-looking).

Of course, information literacy will be central to the library’s function in the years to come – “Information literacy will be universally recognised as an essential skill in the digital age.” 1.5.12, p. 6, http://www.futurelibraries.info/content/system/files/Scenarios_beyond_2020_ReportWV.pdf

It is interesting to speculate what the libraries of the future will be like and what libray staff will be doing in this future libraries – will we be bees in a garden in the Wild West?!

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