The Future of Libraries and the Libraries of the Future
February 25, 2012
A survey of Librarians and Media Center directors about the future of libraries, and the impact of changing technologies in information storage and retrieval
In January and February of this year, Grimm + Parker hosted an online survey for librarians regarding the future library. Links to our survey were generously distributed by the Virginia Library Association, Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools in Virginia, and the Washington County Public School district of Maryland, as well as our large family of library clients. In two months the survey received input from over 375 participants, from as far away as Canada, Israel, and Lebanon. The survey attempts to understand how advances in informational technology, storage and retrieval will (or will not) change the library’s physical form and cultural role (and the role of the media center staff), as well as to formulate a vision of the library of tomorrow. By gathering opinions from as many K-12, Higher Education, and Public Librarians as possible, it is hoped the accumulated data will aid planners and architects toward improving the design of future libraries.
To download the survey presentation, click HERE
Enjoy some of the Libraries designed by Grimm + Parker Architects HERE