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Reflecting on the future of academic and public libraries

Author: Peter Hernon; Joseph R Matthews
Publisher: Chicago : ALA Editions, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2013.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Hernon; Joseph R Matthews
ISBN: 9780838911877 0838911870 9780838996010 0838996019 9780838996027 0838996027 9780838996034 0838996035
OCLC Number: 812122282
Description: xiv, 242 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Change : major to minor --
Building a path to the future --
Transforming the future --
Related literature --
Future views of academic libraries --
Perspectives on trends and scenarios : academic libraries --
Future views of public libraries --
Perspectives on trends and scenarios : public libraries --
Preparing for the future : some final thoughts.
Responsibility: edited by Peter Hernon and Joseph R. Matthews.

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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 honor their missions while planning for the broader institutional changes already underway.

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