Chapter 1

The End of Wisdom? The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age

David Baker     Emeritus Professor, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, UK


This chapter provides an introduction to, and a summary of, the contents of this book. It looks at the future of library and information provision globally across all sectors in the context of significant disruptive technological change that have the potential to render traditional library provision superfluous. It considers the various threats, opportunities, options and main pathways for the effective and vital library of the future.


21st century; Academic libraries; Collections; Digital libraries; End of libraries; Future of librarians; Information literacy; Information provision; ...

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