Library and beehive ...


JISC has produced a short video about the library of the future …

This is part of its Libraries of the Future initiative, and is about nine and a half minutes long.
Two quick things. First, I wish that the card catalogue was not used so much as an image of the library. Second, I liked Sarah Thomas’s suggestion that the library of the future would be like a beehive, where people could see and be seen, and congregate for conversation, food and learning.
I was reminded of Louis MacNeice’s characterization of the British Museum Reading Room as a hive-like dome to which I have referred in these pages a couple of times:

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