Academic Library of the Future

The Hanover Research Council has just released (August 2009) a report entitled “Academic Library of the Future.”  From the cover:

In the following report, The Hanover Research Council investigates issues relevant to strategic planning for the “academic library of the future.”  After providing an overview of key trends, we detail how the academic library is undergoing profound transformation with regard to new technologies, user expectations, library staff roles, space design, and ownership issues.  The report concludes with examples of cost-effective innovations addressing a wide range of challenges and solutions at four different institutions.

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About Paul Lomio

Paul is library director and lecturer at law at Stanford Law School. He has a J.D. from Gonzaga Law School, an LL.M. from the University of Washington, and a M.L.I.S. from the Catholic University of America. He is the author (with Henrik Spang-Hanssen) of Legal Research Methods in the U.S. and Europe. He also likes to ride his bicycle.

One thought on “Academic Library of the Future

  1. Too bad only subscribers can read the report, no? I’m curious about to read it, though. Reading the abstract, though, I’m concerned with the use of words like “challenges,” “solutions,” “profound transformations,” etc., all of which seems to imply some sort of crisis.

    I’ve come to the conclusion that change is a fact of life, so why should we be alarmed or surprised that things are changing? Sometimes, I’m surprised about the nature of the changes, but surprise is what keeps our profession nimble. Who knew, for instance, that the Big Three (or Four) law publishers would virtually price themselves out of academic law libraries and, in the process, make themselves nearly irrelevant in the end? Or that the ABA questionnaire would one day only take about an hour to fill in? (Some change is welcome….)

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