Future of Libraries and the Knowledge Society – ORIMSS Future of Libraries and the Knowledge Society – ORIMSS

Future of Libraries and the Knowledge Society

Publication Date : 2008-12-01

Author(s) :

Dr. K. S. Raghavan.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 2
(08 - 12)

Abstract :

Libraries were seen as essential, and cost-effective intermediary bridge institutions in overcoming the barriers linking information resources and end users ofthe·information resources, thus enhancing access to information. But, beginning in the 1990s some systems seen by some users as alternatives to a library, have emerged resulting in a change in the value and utility oflibraries. Citing the results of a survey carried out by the OCLC in 2005 to bring out the library users' perceptions ofa library and the sources that they would rather depend on to identify and access needed information, the author argues that though some of the findings are solacing there are more distressing signalsJoo. The finding that only a small proportion oflibrary users considered library as something to go to or library website as something to visit when information is needed is an indication that the brand library is facing challenges from the Web and search engines. Based on the outcome of the experiments of the Information Villages project of M. S. Swami nathan Research Foundation, 'Grameen Gyan Abhiyan (Rural Knowledge Network) aimed at the establishment of knowledge connectivity in rural India and the Public Network Project started in UK, the paper conjures up the vision of the library of the future.

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