Future of libraries ‘confronted’ in new ALA Office for Information Technology Policy report
For Immediate Release
Mon, 06/20/2011 – 09:33
Contact: Jennifer Terry
Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), Washington Office (wo)
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy’s (OITP) latest policy brief breaks down the formidable challenges in store for libraries during the next few decades. The brief,“Confronting the Future: Strategic Visions for the 21st Century Public Library”(PDF) was written by OITP Fellow Roger E. Levien, president of Strategy and Innovation Consulting.
The report explores how emerging technologies combined with challenges, such as financial constraints as well as shifts in the nature and needs of library users, require libraries to evolve rapidly and make strategic decisions today that will influence their future for decades to come.
ALA President Roberta Stevens said OITP’s brief clearly lays out why public libraries are in the midst of a true revolution.