Future of public libraries


The Laser Foundation (in the UK) has been commissioning reports about the public library system. The latest takes a new direction. They worked with a group of ‘young’ (undefined?) middle managers in public libraries to develop a report on the public library of 2015.

`Public libraries press all the strategic buttons but are low on the government’s list of priorities and attract insufficient funds to develop their real potential. There are urgent questions to be asked about the governance and funding of public libraries at a national and local level’ [futures group]

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University Futures are shaping Library Futures

University Futures are shaping Library Futures

Libraries are not ends in themselves, but serve the interests of the organizations of which they are a part. As university emphasis varies around research, education and career poles, we can expect to see libraries evolve to support those emphases more strongly.
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