Friday, May 27, 2011

Future of Academic Libraries: Taiga Forum 2011 Provocative Statements

From the Taiga Forum blog:

"On 11/1/2010, Taiga Forum 6 met in Palo Alto to begin developing a new set of provocative statements regarding some future challenges to academic libraries. Another group discussed the draft statements at ALA Midwinter in San Diego in January, 2011. The Taiga Forum Steering Committee has taken that input and created this third round of Taiga Forum Provocative Statements. As before, the statements are intended to provoke conversation rather than attempt to predict the future."

Here's one of the ten provocative statements:

"Within five years, graduate students and faculty will fill all their information needs online, never coming into the library, yet they will continue to idealize the library as a sacred place to commune with books. Libraries will respond by flipping their stacks into designer reading rooms that use books as decor."

And another:

"Within five years, libraries will be forced to acknowledge that our boutique services have been collecting 'in the basement.' To clean house, libraries will implement planned abandonment."


Bernie Sloan

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