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Library 2035

Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries

Building on the success and impact of Library 2020: Todays Leading Visionaries Describe Tomorrows Library by Joseph Janes, Library 2035: Imagining the Next Generation of Libraries updates, expands upon, and broadens the discussions on the future of libraries and the ways in which they transform information services to best serve their communities.Library 2035 explores the lessons learned over the past decade and forecasts the opportunities, strengths, and challenges for libraries in the future. Contributors including R. David Lankes, Kelvin Watson, Annie Norman, Miguel Figueroa, and Nicole Cooke, along with 25 other library leaders, were asked to describe the "library of 2035" in whatever way they wanted. Their responses to this question will inspire, provoke, challenge, and expand our thinking about the role and importance of libraries in the future. Library leaders, LIS students and faculty will find this book particularly meaningful and useful as we grapple with what the future of libraries and the profession will be.

Sandra Hirsh, PhD is associate dean for academics in the College of Professional and Global Education at San Jose State University (SJSU). She previously served as professor and director of the SJSU School of Information for ten years. She is past president of two international associations -- the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T). She is also an active leader in the American Library Association, serving on the Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Committee among other roles, and in IFLA serving on both the Section on Education and Training and on the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Committee. She co-founded and co-chairs the global virtual Library 2.0 conference series (https: // The third edition of her textbook - Information Services Today: An Introduction - was published in March 2022 by Rowman & Littlefield. She holds both a bachelors degree and Ph.D. from UCLA and a MLIS degree from the University of Michigan.

Im excited Sandra Hirsh has brought together the brightest minds and inspiring thinkers in our profession to provide aspirational and cautionaries futures of libraries. The twenty-five chapters that comprise this seven part book consider the key areas likely to comprise and influence the landscape of what should be the future of the most democratic institutions in existence. This valuable publication will guide our libraries toward a very bright future.
— Courtney L. Young is university librarian and professor in the Libraries at Colgate University and a past president of the American Library Association

Library 2035 presents leading voices in the library field whose essays help us look to the horizon and imagine ourselves beyond it. Newer library workers are invited to envision their futures and the more experienced are given the chance to reflect on their legacies. Sandra Hirsh presents us with a thought-provoking exploration of what is possible that also challenges us to wrestle with aspects of the field that are undesirable and in need of correction with a spirit of hopefulness and belief in a vibrant future for the important work that we do.
— Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

With a stellar list of contributors, this volume, edited by Sandra Hirsh provides a compelling vision of how libraries will continue to thrive as vibrant hubs for knowledge. It’s a forward-thinking examination of how libraries can--or should--evolve to meet ever-changing challenges.
— Trevor A. Dawes, librarian, educator, and consultant

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