January 23, 2022

Journal Article: “Academic Libraries’ Stance Toward the Future” (Preprint)

The following article (preprint) is scheduled for publication in portal:


Academic Libraries’ Stance Toward the Future


Andrew M. Cox

Stephen Pinfield

Sophie Rutter


portal: Libraries and the Academy
Vol. 19, No. 3


The literature about academic libraries takes a strong interest in the future, yet little of it reflects on academic libraries’ underlying stance toward the years ahead: is there a sense of change or continuity? Is there optimism or pessimism? Consensus or divergence? This article explores these questions using data from interviews with a broad range of practitioners, commentators, and experts. Some see libraries as fundamentally unchanging, while others perceive innovation as a given. There is little consensus about upcoming trends. Some interviewees doubt libraries’ ability to deal with change, but others feel considerable optimism.

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See Also: Additional Preprints From Vol. 19, No. 3.

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