The Future of Public Libraries

The Future of Public Libraries
scenario planning project looking at the future of public libraries. There are about 45 people working on this project although the core scenario building team is much smaller. They have developed 2 framing questions, which are roughly as follows:

1. What professional skills and attitudes will public library staff be demonstrating in 2030 in order to be successful in the alternative futures in which they might operate?

2. Where will the leadership and funding that drives this success come from?


It's not that hard.. all the public wants is: access to free DVDs and internet. Books and information is just an afterthought right now.

The trend toward electronic information will continue until books are a novelty. Public libraries will continue to provide services for children and senior citizens. New information access points may necessitate increased governmental/library services.

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