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Greatly Exaggerated: The Death of the Academic Library

You are considering a career as an academic librarian or you are an academic librarian already. Excellent choice. Wait, academic libraries are in terrible trouble. Thanks to Google, Wikipedia, free answer services, mass digitization, abundant e-books and changing research behaviors, academic libraries have a limited future. By 2030 they’ll be history. Based on some recent essays about the future of academic libraries, you might believe that they will soon be obsolete. While cautionary tales and threats of extinction may be useful in helping academic librarians stay focused on building a sustainable future, they typically are based more on imagined fears than reality. In this presentation, Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instruction at Temple University, sheds some light on the prospects for academic librarianship in a tumultuous higher education and information landscape. While there are challenges ahead, prospective and current academic librarians can prepare themselves now for careers in which they’ll lead the change in academic librarianship.

March 17th
7:00pm
Ellis Library Auditorium

This event is free of charge and open to all who are interested, sponsored by LISGSA and ORG.

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