The Future of the Library: Why Libraries Matter in Today’s Networked Society


Today’s libraries are facing a wide range of pressures: from reductions in finances; to competition from bookstores, publishers, and the media; to the misconception that “everything’s on the Internet”. This presentation offer a treatment of the history of the library and its role(s) in society, the functions that the library performs today, and projects the evolution of those functions into the future. Short answer – yes, the library will survive and thrive.