We often talk about the library of the future. Yet so many continue to question whether there will even be libraries in the generations ahead. Here is a hopeful case for not only their continued existence, but their very vitality. Put on some sunglasses because the future of libraries could be brighter than you expected!
To understand how libraries will change by the mid-21st century, Pescovitz says people need to understand what function they currently serve. At their core, libraries in the information age provide a public means of accessing knowledge, he says. That's what people crave. The hallmark of future libraries, meanwhile, will be hyper-connectivity. They'll reflect our increasing reliance on social media, streaming content, and open-source data.