Virtual and non-virtual realities: the changing roles of libraries and librarians

Authors
Citation
Ac. Klugkist, Virtual and non-virtual realities: the changing roles of libraries and librarians, LEARN PUBL, 14(3), 2001, pp. 197-204
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Communication
Journal title
LEARNED PUBLISHING
ISSN journal
0953-1513 → ACNP
Volume
14
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
197 - 204
Database
ISI
SICI code
0953-1513(200107)14:3<197:VANRTC>2.0.ZU;2-5
Abstract
What is the future for libraries and their librarians? In trying to give an answer to this pressing question we do not deal with utopian libraries of the next century, but with the library and the librarian of the next decade . The emphasis is on libraries within educational and research institutions , especially university libraries. Me examine the changes confronting the l ibrary of the future and identify four key aspects of the library of the fu ture. It will be (i) a gateway to information, whatever format this informa tion comes in and wherever it is located; (ii) art expertise centre; (iii) a physical entity, not only in the sense of being a social meeting place an d place of scholarly interaction, but also as a place where students and ot her users are provided with modern study facilities and adequate user suppo rt; and (iv) a collection centre of printed material. Stich libraries can o nly take on an appropriate shape and will only survive if the institutions that librarians serve in meet the four criteria outlined above. We took at the demands that will he made on professional library knowledge and skills and the new job responsibilities and job attitudes required.