Det bliver ikke nemt. Men det bliver spændende.
David W. Lewis har skrevet en interessant artikel om fremtiden for forskningsbibliotekerne. Den er udgivet som pre-print i College & Research Libraries:
From Stacks to the Web : the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting (30 s./pdf)
Du kan læse mere om artiklen i Library Journal – Article Argues Academic Libraries Should Give Up Book-by-Book Collecting
Lewis predicts that the academic library world will radically restructure itself in the next eight years. He forecasts that by 2020, effectively all content delivery will have become digital (with print on demand for the few paper diehards). Academic libraries will pack up their open stacks into a few centralized print depositories for preservation and loans. Open access will be the dominant model for journals, many university presses will have gone under, and the rest will have reorganized into broader units that include libraries.
The existence of a ubiquitous and cheap worldwide communication’s network that increasingly makes documents easily and freely available will require a transformation of academic library collecting practice. It will be driven by a number of specific developments including: the digitization of content; the development of print repositories; the development of e-readers and print-on-demand publishing; the growth of open access; challenges to establish academic publishing organizations; and the growth of new forms of scholarship based on openness and social productivity. If academic libraries are to be successful, they will need to: deconstruct legacy print collections; move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions; manage the transition to open access journals; focus on curating unique items; and develop new mechanisms for funding national infrastructure.