College Libraries Transition to High-Tech Learning Centers

J. Kyle Keener, Desmos, Sept 16, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

One thing that has been clear to me for a while is that the future of libraries as a place were you borrow static artifacts, suich as books, is on the wane. Whe I write about this I get email from libraries expressing exasperation at my failure to recognize that libraries have changed. But it's not that I don't recognize the change, it's that I'm less sanguine about the new model. This post is probably the best statement of the transition: "open spaces for collaborative learning, whiteboards for taking notes and sharing ideas, and plenty of technology." It's a cross between computing lab, resource centre and meeting space. These are useful services, and they should be provided, but they are not unique to libraries.

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