Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries
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Academic and public libraries are much different today than they were even 15 years ago. And with even bigger changes on the horizon, what lies in store? In this systematic attempt to speak to academic and public librarians about the future of library services, Hernon and Matthews invite a raft of contributors to step back and envision the type of future library that will generate excitement and enthusiasm among users and stakeholders. Anyone interested in the future of libraries, especially library managers, will be engaged and stimulated as the contributors:
Examine the current state of the library, summarizing existing literature on the topic to sketch in historical background
Project into the future, using SWOT analysis, environmental scans, and other techniques to posit how library infrastructure (such as staff, collections, technology, and facilities) can adapt in the decades ahead
Construct potential scenarios that library leaders can use to forge paths for their own institutions.
The collection of knowledge and practical wisdom in this book will help academic and public libraries find ways to honour their missions while planning for the broader institutional changes already underway.
Readership: Library managers, academic and public librarians, LIS students and academics and anyone interested in the future of libraries.
Table of Contents
1. Change—major to minor Fundamental Change Some Important Trends Creating the Library Compass Concluding Thoughts 2. Building a path to the future Environmental Scanning Reports Concluding Thoughts 3. Transforming the future Impetus Identifying Trends Building Scenarios Transformation Concluding Thoughts 4. Related literature Scenario Planning Some Key Writings Use of Scenarios in General Writings Relevant to Academic Libraries Writings Relevant to Public Libraries Concluding Thoughts 5. Future views of academic libraries Higher Education Trends in Academic Libraries Unfamiliarity with Libraries and the Role of Librarians Exploring the Use of Different Scenarios Six Academic Library Scenarios Extending the Scenarios beyond Fifteen Years Concluding Thoughts 6. Perspectives on trends and scenarios: academic libraries Scholarly Communication and Liberal Arts College Libraries - Richard Fyffe Scholarly Communication and the Role of the Liberal Arts College Library - Diane J. Graves Toward Building an Embedded Academic Library: The Case of Shaping Drexel University Libraries Spaces - Danuta A. Nitecki Revisiting the Scenarios through Space Planning - Robert E. Dugan Concluding Thoughts 7. Future views of public libraries Public Library Association Planning Process Scenarios and Public Libraries Out-of-the-Box Thinking Concluding Thoughts 8. Perspectives on trends and scenarios: public libraries Scenario One: The “Status Quo” Library Scenario Two: The Community “Living Room” Scenario Three: The “Electronic” Library Scenario Four: The “Happening Place” Library Comments on the Scenarios 9. Preparing for the future: some final thoughts Leadership Staff Abilities for the Present and Future Currents in Scenario Development Privatizing Libraries Libraries Merely Trying to Keep Up Revisiting Space Planning Issues of Importance to the Broader Organization Concept of Scenarios Revisited Concluding Thoughts Appendix A: The Use of Scenarios in the Pierce County Library System - Neel Parikh Appendix B: The Anythink Revolution - Pam Sandlian-Smith