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Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries   Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries
Peter Hernon and Joseph R Matthews, editors
Price: £49.95
Price (to CILIP members): £39.96
ISBN: 978-1-85604-948-1

"This book is a great resource for library managers and for students of librarianship."
- eLucidate

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.

April 2013; 224pp; paperback; 978-1-85604-948-1; £49.95

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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
Concluding Thoughts

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

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