Academic Libraries of the Future Scenarios beyond 2020

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Academic Libraries of the Future Scenarios beyond 2020

Author(s):

British Library (BL), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)

Description: This document sets out the three scenarios developed for LotF. These are: Wild West, a no-holds-barred free-for-all in a world dominated by capitalism and corporate power, including the HE sector, Beehive which draws obvious parallels with the hierarchical and structured life of the bee colony, where all is ordered to ensure the common good of the whole community, in a world in which society and HE have open values and the state is the primary funder and controller of HE, and Walled Garden, is an oasis, shut-off from the outside world. Inhabitants of the garden neither know, nor care much about the world beyond the garden’s comforting walls. HEIs in this scenario are ‘Walled Gardens’. The closed nature of society makes HEIs insular and inward-looking, isolated from other institutions by competing value systems. There are comparisons across the scenarios as well, focused on libraries in institutions of Higher Education.

Timescale and Scope: 2020; academic libraries

Authors: British Library (BL), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL).

Length: 44 pages

Date: 2011

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Academic Libraries of the Future Scenarios beyond 2020

Author(s): British Library (BL), the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Research Information Network (RIN), Research Libraries UK (RLUK) and the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL)
Keyword(s): study; digital content; IP; libraries; BRIC countries; librarian; students; global environment; adult learning; teaching; learning; government policy makers; research; early indicators; population; institutions; library; universities; UK; collaboration; HE sector; ICT; publishing