Monday, October 31, 2005

OCLC's The Future of Libraries

In the report The Future of Libraries: Beginning the Great Transformation, the DaVinci Institute, a nonprofit futurist think tank, has put together 10 key trends that are affecting the development of the next generation library. They are:
  • Time compression is changing the lifestyle of library users
  • Libraries are transitioning from a center of information to a center of culture
  • We are transitioning from a product-based to an experience-based economy
  • The stage is being set for a new era of global systems
  • The demand for global information is growing exponentially
  • Over time, we will be transitioning to a verbal society
  • Search technology will become increasingly more complicated
  • We havenÃ?’t yet reached the ultimate small particle for storage, but will soon
  • All technology ends and all technologies commonly used today will be replaced by something new
  • Communication systems are continually changing the way people access information
Their recommendations:
  • Evaluate the library experience
  • Preserve the memories of your own communities
  • Embrace new information technologies
  • Experiment with creative spaces so the future role of the library can define itself
From the e-mail message OCLC Abstracts.

I'm not so sure about "Over time, we will be transitioning to a verbal society." They seem to mean folks will be talking to their computers. Well, if you can imagine a room or plane full of people all talking to their machines you can see the drawback. And you thought mobile phones were a disturbance. Maybe if they could be used in a cone of silence.

1 comment:

Rikhei said...

I agree with you - the "writing is a dying technology" assertion seemed somewhat off to me. I agree that in the coming years it will probably become less important, but for writing to be completely replaced with non-visual language seemed rather far-fetched to me.