Virtual and non-virtual realities: the changing roles of libraries and librarians
Author: Klugkist, Alex C.
Source: Learned Publishing, Volume 14, Number 3, 1 July 2001 , pp. 197-204(8)
Abstract:What is the future for libraries and their librarians? In trying to give an answer to this pressing question we do not deal with utopian libraries of the next century, but with the library and the librarian of the next decade. The emphasis is on libraries within educational and research institutions, especially university libraries. We examine the changes confronting the library of the future and identify four key aspects of the library of the future. It will be (i) a gateway to information, whatever format this information comes in and wherever it is located; (ii) an expertise centre; (iii) a physical entity, not only in the sense of being a social meeting place and place of scholarly interaction, but also as a place where students and other users are provided with modern study facilities and adequate user support; and (iv) a collection centre of printed material. Such libraries can only take on an appropriate shape and will only survive if the institutions that librarians serve in meet the four criteria outlined above. We look at the demands that will be made on professional library knowledge and skills and the new job responsibilities and job attitudes required.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 1 July 2001
- Editor in Chief: Alan Singleton
North American Editor: Diane Scott-Lichter
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