Academic libraries of the future

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Academic libraries of the future


Curtis, Geoff

The academic libraries of the future project (LotF) is sponsored by the 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). LotF is being carried out by Curtis+Cartwright Consulting Ltd (Curtis+Cartwright) supported by staff from SAMI Consulting Ltd (SAMI).

LotF has developed three scenarios which describe possible futures for teaching, academic and research libraries in the UK, particularly in the context of the changing academic and technological landscape. The scenarios will help Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and other organisations look at the challenges faced from a fresh perspective and help them formulate strategies to ensure the sector continues to be a leading global force.

The terms ‘library’ and ‘librarian’ are used throughout. This is not intended to imply that libraries or librarians as we know them will continue to exist; rather these are a convenient shorthand for an organisation or individual that carries out all or any aspects of information/knowledge management, curation and preservation and information literacy training. Similarly, ‘librarianship’ is a convenient shorthand for all aspects of the skill sets required to be a good ‘librarian’. There can be no universal assumption that a library, librarians or librarianship will exist in 2050.


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Academic libraries of the future

Author(s): Curtis, Geoff
Keyword(s): Academic libraries of the future; Education; Scenarios; Recomendation; 2011