Apr 2013 | 248pp
CILIP members price: £47.95
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:
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.
1. Change—major to minor
2. Building a path to the future
3. Transforming the future
4. Related literature
5. Future views of academic libraries
6. Perspectives on trends and scenarios: academic libraries
7. Future views of public libraries
8. Perspectives on trends and scenarios: public libraries
9. Preparing for the future: some final thoughts
Appendix A: The Use of Scenarios in the Pierce County Library System - Neel Parikh
Appendix B: The Anythink Revolution - Pam Sandlian-Smith
"This book is a great resource for library managers and for students of librarianship."
"The Internet really has changed everything. Google, Google Scholar and Wikipedia have changed peoples expectations about where information can be found along with their ability to find it for themselves. Facebook and Twitter are also self-help and have fundamentally altered the flow of information between people, especially young people. With libraries out of the loop, the survival of our species requires that we change them, restore their relevance and put them back in. This book is a handbook for that task; a hitchhikers guide to our galaxy. As a bonus, there is an 18-page double-column comprehensive index to ensure that the content of Reflecting on the Future will not be lost to the past. Hernon and Matthews have made a major practical and readable contribution to the literature of contemporary librarianship. This is a must-read for contemporary librarians."
- Australian Library Journal
"I recommend this book for those people who make the decisions in all libraries because advances in automation and the information age are coming to all of us whether we like it or not."
"Hernon and Matthews are quick to point out that these scenarios are not exhaustive and may or may not be applicable to one’s own library. What is continually emphasised is that failure to consider and prepare for the future of the library will result in library closures. Though focused on academic and public libraries, the argument could easily be adapted for special and school libraries. As such it is almost mandatory reading for any librarian who wants to ensure the survival of her library, be it an academic, public, special or school library."
- Australian Academic and Research Libraries