ERIC Number: ED146901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Oct-7
Reference Count: 0
Reflections From a Crystal Ball: The Future of the Library.
Ely, Donald P.
This paper is concerned with helping proactive people prepare for the future. The future society is considered, then the process of change, and finally, what all of this means to libraries. Several approaches to the future are reviewed, but the proactive approach, in which people help to shape the situation in which they find themselves by setting goals and moving toward them, is considered best able to deal with future change. Some assumptions about the future or alternative futures are made, and consequences of these assumptions are discussed. Changes in speed, growth of knowledge, urban living, and other societal factors are traced. Developments which impinge on future society such as lasers, machines, chemicals and nuclear power will also affect changes in libraries. Trends in library development are described, including increased access to information for all people, greater diversity of information sources, increased cooperation among agencies, greater participation in planning and operating information services, and greater willingness to employ technology. (Author/KP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the North Carolina Library Association (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, October 7, 1977)