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Exploring the Future of Libraries

Today we address a perennial question for librarians: What does the future of libraries look like? As technology shapes available information, access, and patron expectations, how can we adjust collections and services to remain relevant in the years to come? More on point, how can we position ourselves to take an active and influential role in shaping the information environment of the future?


The Libraries have recently added some items to our collection that address these questions:


Are Libraries Obsolete? An Argument for Relevance in the Digital Age by Mark Y. Herring. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2014. Dewey Z 674. 75 I 58 H47 2014.

Library 2020: Today’s Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrow’s Library edited by Joseph Janes. Lanham, Maryland : The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013. Dewey Library / Z 665 L587 2013.

Library Spaces for 21st-Century Learners: A Planning Guide for Creating new School Library Concepts by Margaret Sullivan. Chicago, IL : American Association of School Librarians, 2013. Dewey Library / Z 679.5 S94 2013.

Planning our Future Libraries: Blueprints for 2025 edited by Kim Leeder and Eric Frierson. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. Dewey Library / Z 678 P575 2014.

Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries edited by Peter Hernonand Joseph R. Matthews. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2013. Dewey Library / Z 675 U5 R4435 2013.

Reinventing the Library for Online Education by Frederick Stielow. Chicago : American Library Association, 2014. Dewey Z 675 U5 S77 2014.


More resources can be found by searching Minerva, our online catalog.


For more information on this and other topics in information science, contact subject specialist Deborah Bernnard at 442-3699 or


Post created by Cary Gouldin.

Photo: Seattle Central Library by Bobak Ha'Eri.

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