Posted by: bluesyemre | July 20, 2022

Libraries Are the Great Equalizers

Without librarians, a library building is merely a warehouse of stuff. It’s the librarian who makes a library what it is. And the library profession, much like the library itself, is undergoing profound change. As many of the activities of the library have moved online, the librarian has had to adapt to keep up with broader shifts in technology, society, and demographics, all of which have had profound implications for the people entering the profession and the skills and qualifications it requires. Only about a third of the people working in libraries even identify as librarians, according to the Association of College and Research Libraries.

In a new Chronicle report, “The Library of the Future,” we examine the changes affecting this critical institution, which is at the heart of many campuses. Such changes are affecting the nature of librarianship, the way space is used in library buildings, and how scholarly materials are produced, collected, and made accessible.

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