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Academic digital libraries of the future: an environment scan

Law, Derek (2009) Academic digital libraries of the future: an environment scan. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 15 (1). pp. 53-67. ISSN 1361-4533

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Abstract

Libraries are attempting to face a future in which almost every fixed point has disappeared. Users are changing; content is changing; research is taking new forms. Indeed the very need for libraries is being questioned in some quarters. This paper explores the nature of the changes and challenges facing higher education libraries and suggests key areas of strength and core activities which should be exploited to secure their future.