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Trends, Discovery, and People in the Digital Age by Wendy Evans, David P. Baker

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The future of academic libraries in the digital age

Lili Li

Abstract

Impacted by the evolving web search engines and innovative information media, academic libraries are facing more unexpected competition in today’s networked information society. Published by the Chronicle of Higher Education in January 2011, Brian T. Sullivan’s ‘Academic Library Autopsy Report, 2050’1 triggered another round of debate about the demise of academic libraries. In this chapter, the author analyses six key factors Sullivan used to declare the death of the academic library. After examining current academic libraries from four different aspects, the author highlights six driving forces that will impact the infrastructure and operations of academic libraries ...

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