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Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library

Author: Roger E. Levien
Organisation: American Library Association
Publish Date: June 2011
Country: Global
Sector: Technology
Theme: Strategic Thinking
Type: Other publication
Language: English
Tags: Public Libraries

Libraries will confront formidable challenges during the next few decades of the 21st century. Both the media and technologies they deploy will continue the digital transformation that has already eroded or swept away in years what had lasted for decades or centuries. Nor is the rate of change slowing. The new media and technologies are enabling a steady flow of genre- and usage-changing innovations, and institutions drawing on these disruptive changes are competing with the library in its most fundamental roles. Libraries also are challenged by the financial constraints facing the agencies that support them, as well as shifts in the nature and needs of library users. If libraries are to evolve rapidly enough to meet these challenges, they will have to make careful and difficult strategic decisions and persevere in implementing those decisions.
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