What is the future of libraries?

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In the future, it seems, there will be no fixed canons of texts and no fixed epistemological boundaries between disciplines, only paths of inquiry, modes of integration, and moments of encounter.” – Carla Hesse 

http://www.stanford.edu/dept/HPS/HistoryWired/Hesse/HesseBooksInTime.html

What is the future of libraries when knowledge is no longer created by a knowledgable speaker imparting information onto a learner or student? What you get is a lot of users and students creating knowledge. Where do libraries fit into that? 

John Seely Brown talked about this at Internet Librarian. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17940819 If you can watch this UStream of the talk. It will inspire you, hopefully, like I was inspired, to think about how libraries fit into this kind of future. We can: 

  • foster study groups
  • create serendipitous moments
  • find resources and help students connect and synthesize
  • create collectives of learning
  • when teaching – develop groups of people who will work together to create information/knowledge together
  • enable paths of inquiry
  • enable groups to work together
  • develop critical reasoning skills
  • develop the ability to play!
What do you think is the future in this changing world of knowledge creation?