Libraries Aren’t Dying; They’re Evolving: Insights into Library Service Transformation for the Digital-Age Student

Libraries Aren’t Dying; They’re Evolving: Insights into Library Service Transformation for the Digital-Age Student

With the expansion of digital media, the rise of e-books and massive budget cuts, the end of libraries has been predicted many times over. And while it is true that library budgets have been slashed, causing cuts in operating hours and branch closures, libraries are not exactly dying. In fact, libraries are evolving.

In many respects, today’s campus library bears little resemblance to the quiet, book-filled building of years past. But that doesn’t mean libraries — and their custodians of knowledge — are on the margins when it comes to educating students. Many institutions are finding new tools and new strategies to help libraries stay relevant in the digital landscape.

While I’m sure we can all agree that we won’t be seeing students wading through the Dewey Decimal System in search of a hard cover book any longer, or being shushed by a cardigan clad librarian, the library - as it has for centuries - remains a central hub for any school from K-12 or indeed, any university. 

Today’s libraries differ however in that they’re rich with technology and programs that create excitement about learning. They are offering programs in technology, career and college readiness and also in innovation and entrepreneurship – all 21st-century skills, essential for success in today’s economy.

Ahead of the Next Generation Libraries Summit 2019 we feature insights from Bunbury Cathedral Grammar and the University of South Australia to explore how primary and secondary educators, as well as tertiary educators are redefining their traditional library spaces, and evolving service offerings to become stewards of digital literacy, innovation and academic success. 


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