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The End of Wisdom?

Book Description

The End of Wisdom? The Future of Libraries in a Digital Age assembles opinion pieces, forecasts, strategy options, and case studies from leading worldwide politicians, academics, educators, authors, publishers, captains of industry, senior public sector workers, library directors, IT gurus and other key players in the field of information provision who discuss their views on the hypothesis surrounding the "end of libraries" and the "death of books." The contributions – ranging in length from 500 to 2000 words are analyzed and summarized to create a rich picture of current trends and likely futures for libraries of all types, with digital options discussed in detail.

  • Focuses on the key issue facing library and information services for the foreseeable future
  • Takes a much broader view by asking a wide range of key people and representative stakeholders and user groups for their view of the future of libraries of all kinds
  • Presents a comprehensive analysis of likely directions and options for libraries, library managers, and users
  • Includes a route map for the future
  • Builds on the successful approaches adopted in A Handbook of Digital Library Economics and Libraries and Society

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Series Page
  5. Copyright
  6. List of Figures
  7. List of Contributors
  8. Author Biographies
  9. Foreword: The Future of Libraries: The Future Is Now!
  10. Preface
  11. Acknowledgements
  12. List of Abbreviations
  13. Chapter 1. The End of Wisdom? The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age
    1. Introduction
    2. Is It Really the End of Libraries?
    3. The End of Wisdom?
    4. Going Digital
    5. Not Dead, but Sleeping?
    6. Directions and Options for Libraries, Library Managers and Users
    7. What, Then, Might ‘The Library’ Become? Route Maps for the Future
    8. The End of Librarians?
    9. End Note
  14. Chapter 2. The Four Spaces of the Public Library
    1. Introduction
    2. The Four Space Model
    3. Inspiration Space
    4. Learning Space
    5. Meeting Space
    6. Performative Space
    7. The Use of the Four Space Model
  15. Chapter 3. The Influence of Digital Media on the Design of Libraries
    1. Libraries in the Future
    2. Libraries for Preservation
    3. Hybrid Buildings
    4. The Future of Library Design
  16. Chapter 4. The Best of Both Worlds
  17. Chapter 5. Informal Interview With Niu Jun, Tammy Ng & Joli Moore – School Librarians at the Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School
  18. Chapter 6. The Disembedded Librarian: A Vision of the Librarian’s Future Role in an Educational Context
    1. Background
    2. Library as Place
    3. Collection
    4. Staff
    5. The Embedded Library
    6. The Holstebro Model – The Disembedded Librarians
    7. The Disembedded Librarian – Threats or Opportunities?
    8. Evidence-Based Training Courses
    9. Interprofessional Knowledge Communities
    10. Conclusion
  19. Chapter 7. Using Formal and Informal Channels to Update Librarians’ Skill Sets
    1. Learn From Reality
    2. Millennial Students
    3. Challenge for Librarians
    4. New Roles and Skills
    5. Practices of Reskilling at HKUST Library
    6. New Roles Already Played
    7. How Should Librarians Respond?
  20. Chapter 8. Library 2.0: Lost Illusions?
  21. Chapter 9. Digital Music Preparation in the Modern Orchestral Library
    1. Music-Engraving Programs
    2. Photocopiers and Image Scanners
    3. The Portable Document Format (PDF)
    4. Image Editing Programs
    5. Music Recognition Software
  22. Chapter 10. The Academic Library in 2020
    1. The Joint-Use Model
    2. The Digital Delivery Model
    3. The Subject-Specific Academic Library Model
    4. Academic Library Space Model in 2020
    5. Conclusion
  23. Chapter 11. Using Technology to Make More Digital Content Available to All
  24. Chapter 12. New Trends in Higher Education: Can Information Professionals Rise to the Challenge?
    1. Introduction
    2. Conclusions
  25. Chapter 13. Six Futures of Academic Libraries
    1. Contribution to the Campus
    2. New Content
    3. New Value Chains
    4. Learning Centres
    5. Sustainable Development
    6. The Smart Library
    7. Conclusion
  26. Chapter 14. Digital Pedagogy and the Student Voice
    1. Digital Pedagogy
    2. The Student Voice
    3. The Funding Regime
    4. The Digital Disconnect
    5. The Way Forward?
  27. Chapter 15. Information Literacy in a Digital Age: Embedding Information Literacy in the Curriculum
    1. Introduction
    2. What do school and college students understand by information literacy?
    3. Reflection
  28. Chapter 16. From Being Libraries to Becoming the ‘Switchmen’ of Scholarship in the Digital Age
  29. Chapter 17. Playing, Creating, Learning: The Future Public Library for Children and Families
    1. Dokk1 Should Be a Unique Place for Children and Families in Aarhus
    2. Exploration at Dokk1
    3. Dokk1 Should Be a Playful Library
    4. Dokk1 as a Place for Learning and Development of Skills
    5. The Children and Family Section Driven by the Staff, Partnerships and the Community
    6. The Journey Will Continue
  30. Chapter 18. The Future of Libraries in Nigeria
    1. Introduction
    2. Public Libraries
    3. Some Quotes
    4. Academic Libraries
    5. Further Quotes
    6. Conclusion
  31. Chapter 19. Reinvigorated Opportunities: Libraries as Essential Institutions for Youth
    1. Introduction
    2. An Essential Part of Society
    3. Conquering Anxiety
    4. Making Space for STEM Learning and Information Literacy
    5. Changing the Old in to Something New
    6. Conclusion
  32. Chapter 20. A Cooperative Model for a National Digital Library
    1. A National Digital Library
    2. Cooperation in the Library Sector
    3. Cooperation in the Cultural Heritage Sector
    4. Conclusion
  33. Chapter 21. In the Core of Research
  34. Chapter 22. Information Management of the Future
    1. Introduction
    2. History
    3. Present
  35. Chapter 23. Webraries and Web Archives – The Web Between Public and Private
    1. The Web Disappears
    2. National Web Archives
    3. Publication = Making Available for the Public
    4. Webrary or Web Archive?
    5. Blurred Boundaries
    6. The Importance of Media Characteristics
    7. The Unfiltered Web
    8. The End of Libraries as Web Archives?
  36. Chapter 24. Not Only But Also?
    1. Not Only But Also?
    2. Not Only…
    3. But Also…
  37. Index