Those who are on the WAIN mailing list may have already seen this, but for those who don't subscribe.
The Future Libraries report has been released and is available from the Arup website.
The website states:
"Libraries are going through a renaissance, both in terms of the social infrastructure they provide and in terms of a diversification of the services and experiences offered. In corporate environments they are playing an increasingly important role in the provision of collaborate workspace and innovation. In communities they are evolving into hubs for education, health, entertainment and work."
"This report brings to light significant trends that will influence the future of public, academic and corporate libraries and outlines the implications on their design, operation and user experience. It is the result of a collective exploration through series of workshop events held in London, Melbourne, San Francisco and Sydney, attended by experts in the design and management of libraries. This piece of research presents a glimpse into the future. It explores what we may expect to see as the physical and the digital arena continues to evolve and aims to serve as a foundation for further discussion around the future role of libraries in the communities they serve."
Take a look and let us know what you think. Did you agree with the findings? Did anything in the report surprise you?
ALLA(WA) Committee Member - Alice Hewitt.
Librarian, Reference and Information Services, Murdoch University.