Rluk 24 Apr 09 On Libs Of FuturePresentation Transcript
Libraries of the Future Horizon Scan Michael Jubb Research Information Network RLUK Members’ Meeting 24 April 2009
“ The systematic examination of potential threats, opportunities and likely developments including but not restricted to those at the margins of current thinking and planning. Horizon scanning may explore novel and unexpected issues as well as persistent problems or trends."
Horizon Scanning Centre, Foresight Directorate, DIUS
To help libraries respond creatively to changes in the wider environment
Management and governance
Programme consultant, Derek Law
Anne Bell, SCONUL
Rachel Bruce, JISC
Joanne Newman, BL
Michael Jubb, RIN
Debby Shorley, RLUK
Mgt Bd, plus Jane Core, SCONUL; Alison Allden, JISC (Chair); Margaret Coutts, RLUK.
Some futures tools and techniques
So what is it?
A process over the next two years
No presuppositions; think the unthinkable
Depends critically on the input of those who join in
What will we do?
identify, review and assess key trends and underlying drivers likely to affect scholarly libraries, and their use by students and researchers in the years ahead;
formulate and test scenarios to assess current policies, processes and services, the likely impact of future developments, and the issues and choices facing decision-makers; and
draft a series of papers setting out possible futures for library and information services in supporting institutional teaching, learning and research strategies, and the steps required if those futures are to be realised.
Key themes Skills Services Content Who provides what and how? Is that provision sustainable? What are our users’ needs? How can they best be met?