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WHAT'S NEW IN LIBRARIES: Innovation and rationalization to sustain the library’s future

Bruce E. Massis (Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Article publication date: 6 May 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to suggest that librarians and libraries must demonstrate rationalization of, and innovation in, the library, with the goal of ensuring a sustainable future for both the profession and the institution.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper, literature review and commentary on this topic have been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners.

Findings

Myth-shattering remains as critical for the library’s survival as is a forward-facing posture. If the public, the funders, grantors, legislators and other government entities can recognize the continuing need filled by the library, not only as a welcoming and respected center of a community, but as a knowledge hub brimming with research to support innovation, the rationalization regarding its continuance will be unnecessary.

Originality/value

The value in addressing this issue is to highlight the libraries must be viewed not only as a symbol of stability in the community but also as innovators.

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Acknowledgements

The author declares that there is no potential conflict of interest in the research.

Citation

E. Massis, B. (2014), "WHAT'S NEW IN LIBRARIES: Innovation and rationalization to sustain the library’s future", New Library World, Vol. 115 No. 5/6, pp. 285-288. https://doi.org/10.1108/NLW-03-2014-0030

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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