8 Ways The Librarian Of The Future Will Keep Themselves Busy

What the library of the future will look like is kind of up for debate.

Will it be full of tablets that use Augmented Reality to search for physical resources?

Will it be a mix of physical and digital resources that complement one another–digital logs and databases of physical texts?

Or will libraries–as we currently know them–disappear altogether?

librarysciencelist.com put together the following infographic that reviews the typical ideas–we use the internet to find information, we tend to use smartphones, and we almost all use Google–#digitalliteracy, etc.

But towards the bottom is a great bit about the roles the librarian of the future might take on, from sentry to organizer to facilitator. (You might notice that this parallels the same uncertainty about the role of the teacher of the future as well.)

More media = job security for the librar–or, ahem, media specialist.

8 Ways The Librarian Of The Future Will Keep Themselves Busy



  • I would like to see mention of the importance of librarians teaching students how to differentiate between different types of information; i.e., articles [scholarly, news, popular] and other information types, such as; government reports, blogs, wikis, mission statements, reviews, commentary, editorials, advertisements, Letters to the Editor et al, as well as the way the information is and can be delivered (formats). Many people do not know how to distinguish between different types of information and as it relates to the credibility. This is a very important aspect of what librarians do. It used to be that people could hold a newspaper, book, journal in their hand and know what type of information it was, and know where it came from (more specifically, a section of a newspaper or book). Hard copy “clues” have been lost in the Digital Age so it is important for librarians to teach the characteristics of different types of information so students know how to identify them.

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