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Wednesday
Nov022005

Future of libraries article

The article, The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation by Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute, lists 10 Trends impacting the "next generation" library.  Those trends?

  • Trend #1 - Communication systems are continually changing the way people access information.
  • Trend #2 - All technology ends.   All technologies commonly used today will be replaced by something new.
  • Trend #3 - We haven’t yet reached the ultimate small particle for storage.  But soon.
  • Trend #4 - Search Technology will become increasingly more complicated.
  • Trend #5 - Time compression is changing the lifestyle of library patrons.
  • Trend #6 - Over time we will be transitioning to a verbal society.
  •  Trend #7 - The demand for global information is growing exponentially.
  • Trend #8 - The Stage is being set for a new era of Global Systems.
  • Trend #9 – We are transitioning from a product-based economy to an experience based economy.
  • Trend #10 - Libraries will transition from a center of information to a center of culture.

I think Mr. Frey would get some argument about Trends 3 and 4 from Ray Kurzweil, but most of these trends seem pretty evident.

Mr. Frey also lists some "recommendations for libraries." Well worth reading.

Some answers to the superintendent who received the letter from the Flat World Library Corporation

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