Libraries of the Future

24/06/2011 – 10:38 am
Stephen Oakshott

‘The issue facing academic and research libraries today is what should their role be in the changing academic and technological landscape. Scenario planning allows such challenges to be addressed. It is a way of systematically dealing with uncertainty to inform long-term strategic decisions. The Academic Libraries of the Future project has developed three scenarios which describe possible futures for teaching and research libraries in the UK. They take the economic, social and other pressures faced by the world today and create futures in which Higher Education (HE) and libraries have evolved in different directions. They describe a world some distance away in the future, in our case 2050. The scenarios will help HE institutions and other organisations look at the challenges faced from a fresh focus and help them formulate strategies to ensure the sector continues to be a leading global force.’

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