JISC campaigns are an attempt to initiate conversations about the issues that are emerging as central to the sector. ‘Libraries of the Future’ is the first such debate. It attempts to explore the issues around the enormous impact of ICT on the academic library and to look forward to ensure that libraries – however they may continue to evolve - remain at the heart of academic life. JISC invites you to take part - both online and in person.

Libraries of the Future

Libraries of the Future attempts to explore the issues around the enormous impact of ICT on the academic library and to look forward to ensure that libraries – however they may continue to evolve - remain at the heart of academic life.

Libraries of the Future debate

This public question and answer debate held on 2 April 2009 discussed what information and library provision mean in these changing times. See videos of the speakers, blog posts and comments 

Libraries of the Future documentary

Libraries of the Future publication

PublicationThe Libraries of the Future publication explores the issues surrounding Libraries of the Future, showcases the events and activities of the campaign and looks forward to some possible solutions.

 

The campaign

In an information world in which Google apparently offers us everything, what place is there for the traditional, and even the digital, library?

News

Libraries of the Future documentary released 
17 July 2009

University of Oxford and Harvard University talk the future of libraries
7 April 2009

In a library environment which is increasingly moving to the delivery of online rather than print resources, what of the academic library’s traditional place at the heart of campus life? What about the impact of repositories and open access on the delivery of library resources? And the need to digitise and make more widely accessible key scholarly resources? And what of the calls for libraries to play a central role in the promotion of ‘information literacy’?

Through ‘Libraries of the Future’, JISC is hoping to explore these and many other questions, to open up - with partner organisations and librarians themselves - a debate about the future of the academic and research library. The theme will encompass a variety of activities – events and printed resources, interactive Web 2.0 services, podcast interviews, and so on – but encouraging debate and discussion will be at the heart of all of them.

Selection of podcastsNone of us yet knows what our libraries of the future will look like. But one thing is sure - libraries will continue to be essential to academic success and the future of education and research. We look forward to hearing from you… Let the debate begin!

‘Libraries of the Future’ is all about debate and involvement, and JISC invites you to take part - both online and in person – in events and debates, to read and respond to publications, podcasts, sponsored supplements, and much more. Senior figures give their thoughts
 

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Digitisation Digital Preservation
e-Books Research Data
Repositories Diversity & Equality

Licensing

Library spaces

Key organisations