n Mousaion - Is the hybrid library the future destination of choice?




The article looks at the changing nature of the library and its collections: in other words, paper-based and / or electronic based library collections, as well as the growing competition experienced from outside competitive forces in the field of information provision. The concept of the hybrid library is investigated in relation to the three areas central to the traditional identity of the academic library: services, the collection, and the library as place. The importance of the impact of the three areas on each other is highlighted, especially against the background of changing user needs. The hybrid library has to adapt to accommodate those needs. The paper suggests strategies within each area for optimising library use. The paper attempts to get a glimpse of the future of the hybrid library and how it is possible to transform the traditional academic research library into the future destination of choice.


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