To a recovering library partisan like me, crystal-ball discussions about the future of libraries are never dull (as evinced in my incessant ramblings on said subject here in this blog). Clifford Lynch’s keynote address on “infinite collections” held at the 2011 OCLC Symposium was no exception. Lynch, well known in higher education and library circles as a technology futurist of sorts, sets the stage by reviewing the traditional roles that libraries (primarily academic) have filled—developing, maintaining, and providing access to collections for their user communities as well as preserving the cultural record for the broader good.
The crux of his talk, however, was focused on the opportunities and challenges libraries face now and in the near future. Continue reading