Are libraries sustainable in a world of free, networked, digital information ?

Anglada, Lluís. Are libraries sustainable in a world of free, networked, digital information? // ¿Son las bibliotecas sostenibles en un mundo de información libre, digital y en red? El profesional de la información, 2014, vol. 23, n. 6, pp. 603-611. http://eprints.rclis.org/28178/

The evolution of libraries through three stages –modernization, automation and digitization- is analysed. A formula is presented to evaluate the importance of libraries to our society, and it is applied both retrospectively and futuristically, extrapolating a 2030 scenario. The conclusion is that if the current generation of librarians does not introduce radical changes in the role of libraries, their future is seriously threatened.

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