The future of academic and public libraries

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Academic and public libraries are very different today than they were 15 years ago. With even bigger changes on the horizon, what lies in store?

Facet’s new book, Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries, offers ideas to academic and public librarians about the future of library services. Editors Peter Hernon and Joseph R 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 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.

Peter Hernon is a professor at Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston. He is the 2008 recipient of the ACRL’s Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award, is the co-editor of the journal; Library & Information Science Research and is the author or co-author of 52 books.

Joseph R Matthews is a consultant specializing in strategic planning, assessment, evaluation of library services, customer service, use of performance measures and the balanced scorecard. He was an instructor at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science and is the author of numerous books.

Visit the Facet website for more details about the book or to purchase a copy.

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