No future for libraries?

Will library buildings and library catalogs survive the web? Some weeks ago a couple of issues appeared in the twitter/blogosphere (or at least MY twitter/blogoshere) related to the future of the library in this digital era. There was the Espresso book machine that prints books on demand on location, which led to questions like: “apart from influencing publishing and book shops, what does this mean for libraries?“. There was a Twitter discussion about “will we […]

Open Stack 2.0

Last week my colleague Bert Zeeman published a poll “Open stack, get rid of it!” (in Dutch) with 3 options: 1. Yes, of course, should have been done long ago 2. Help, no, open stacks are the backbone of the scientific library 3. Nonsense, like always the truth lies in the middle. I voted for option 3, which is a bit spineless at first sight, I admit, but in my defense I can say, that […]