The purpose of this article is to explore the changing skill sets, operating environments and community engagement activities which can create a robust and valued future for libraries and librarians. It is easy to paint a doom-laden picture of the future of libraries against a background of library cuts, professional deskilling and the relentless advance of ever more powerful digital information systems. However, these self-same threats offer new challenges for information management.
Personal view of the future based on current literature.
It is better to seek forgiveness than permission. Seize the day.
Just one point of view among many.
Librarians need to act.
The library can remain core to civilised societies.
Others must judge that.
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