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 –

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,

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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