Friday, December 5, 2008

Speakers Address Future of Libraries

The future of libraries will be addressed by two nationally known speakers tomorrow at the Greentree Radisson in a program sponsored by the Allegheny County Library Association.

Michael Stephens, a professor at Dominican University in Illinois, says the library of the future will be very flexible, with the same space perhaps serving as a reading area at one point of the day, a place later where students prepare an audiovisual presentation, and then maybe an art space in the evening.

Futurist Thomas Frey from the DaVinci Institute in Colorado says just as the addition of computers have brought a new population of users into libraries today, additions such as podcast and video studios will do the same in the future, with visitors evolving from information consumers into information producers.

Frey says libraries of the future will be tourist destinations, as Seattle's already is.

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