the future of libraries in the digital age
Your Name and Title:
Sarah Baker, Education Librarian
Library, School, or Organization Name:
New Mexico State University Library
Area of the World from Which You Will Present:
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Language in Which You Will Present:
Librarians and Information Professionals
Short Session Description (one line):
Visions of library services and information access from the past, present, and science fiction future.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
As long as there have been library and information professionals there have been predictions about the future of libraries and library services. Charles Ammi Cutter, Walt Crawford, Michael Gorman, and many others have provided insights into the concepts of libraries as places, and libraries as services, with people as information mediators.
Current libraries are constantly evolving, trying to keep up with new information formats, preservation issues, changing users, virtual reference services, mobile devices, and social networking tools.
This presentation creatively suggests that libraries and librarians look to science fiction literature for a reimagining of information systems. It invites participants to inhabit a virtual world in cyberspace, with librarian avatars, that is run by hackers, gamers, and system administrators.