Which future for libraries?

Sohail Inayatullah

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Purpose - Innovation in information and communication technologies, combined with change in social and cultural attitudes, is raising questions about the future for libraries and librarians. This article seeks to examine alternative futures that were developed at a workshop organized by Brisbane City Council in June 2006. Design/methodology/approach - Through the discussion of provocative discussion points, four possible futures emerged - "the lean, information machine, "co-location for community capacity building, "knowledge navigator, and "dinosaurs of the digital knowledge era". Findings - The library is undergoing a foundational shift in services, design and purpose. To survive and thrive in the future libraries will have to adapt to these changing conditions. Originality/value - The article identifies some key strategic questions for libraries, particularly those provided by municipal authorities. These strategic questions remain unanswered but this article contributes to the debate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Communication technologies
  • Digital libraries
  • Librarianship
  • Libraries


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