The future of reading and the library public

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The future of reading and the library public

  1. 1. The Future of Reading and the Library Joseph Dvorak, PhD joseph.dvorak@gmail.com
  2. 2. In the Beginning of Reading Owning Books Was Not Common
  3. 3. Now Ordinary People Have Access to 100,000s of Books
  4. 4. But A Revolution Is Taking Place For Books, Reading, and Libraries
  5. 5. While Other Media Encroach Upon The Written Word
  6. 6. SoWhat is the Future of Books & Reading? andWhat is the Future of Libraries?
  7. 7. The Pessimistic Scenario: There Is No Future
  8. 8. Reading Falls Out of Favor• Fewer people read for information as video and graphical formats dominate• The proliferation of mobile devices further reduces reading which requires more concentration that other information formats
  9. 9. Both Physical and eBooks are Ignored• With the decline of reading, physical books and dedicated eReaders decline in popularity• General purpose portable devices such as tablets, display glasses and contacts are preferred
  10. 10. Libraries are Abandoned and Crumble
  11. 11. The Optimistic Scenario: Nothing Changes
  12. 12. Reading Remains a Vital, Common Activity
  13. 13. New Media Enhances and Increases Reading
  14. 14. Libraries Continue to Be Used and Valued• The role of the library is still valued.• Physical books are still preferred by a sizable population segment• Librarians retain their traditional roles as curators of the librarys information
  15. 15. The Most Likely Scenario:Transformation and Renascence
  16. 16. New Media Provide a Compelling Alternative to Physical Reading Material
  17. 17. All Books Are Digitized; Physical Books Are Rarely Used
  18. 18. Libraries Transform Themselves FromProviders of Physical Books to Information Portals and Facilitators
  19. 19. Libraries Educate the Masses on Optimal Search and Evaluation of Knowledge
  20. 20. Libraries Facilitate the Social Gathering for Discussion of Ideas and Literature
  21. 21. Physical Books Will Become a Status Item
  22. 22. It is Already Happening
  23. 23. SoWhat is the Future of Books, Reading and Libraries?

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