Chapter 10

The Academic Library in 2020

Bruce E. Massis     Columbus State Community College, Ohio, USA


There are significant models of academic libraries, many already in place, where each seeks to reinvent itself to survive and thrive into the next decade and to remain well positioned as an essential service. Predicting the future is always a rather dicey proposition, the safe bet is to look to the present to use as a foundation on which to base the future because it is what we know. There have been only so many basic variations on a theme when it is related to academic libraries regarding their mission, service and structure. Should this remain the case, then the future of the academic library will, undoubtedly, hinge on many of the successful ...

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