Friday, August 26, 2005

Libraries of the Future?

Here are a couple of examples of traditional libraries morphing into forms that more closely fit the needs of their user communities. So, what does the future hold?

From: Is this the library of the future?

By Megan Lane
BBC News Online

The word library is set to fade from our vocabulary - but not because we've fallen out of love with books. Today's libraries are being made over as "idea stores", complete with cafés, crèches and multi-media offerings.

From: Bye, Bye, Library

By Kris Axtman
Christian Science Monitor

The UT library is undergoing a radical change, becoming more of a social gathering place more akin to a coffeehouse than a dusty, whisper-filled hall of records. And to make that happen, the undergraduate collection of books had to go.

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