Scientific libraries have undergone dramatic changes since the end of the 1960s. This book explains and characterises these changes and main trends, and describes their consequences for libraries. The book presents an overview and an analysis of long-term developments in the field. Professionals within library and information sciences, together with students, will find the book of interest, enabling them to understand the situation of the libraries today and also prepare them for decisions about the future.

Key Features

  • Summarises the author's unique practical experiences from 35 years of work within the field of library and information sciences
  • Analyses main trends from a holistic and long-term perspective
  • Provides the reader with the tools when trying to plan for and predict the future


Practitioners and students of Library and Information Science

Table of Contents

Not like the old days – the dawning of a new era: The 1970s; From cards to computers: The 1980s; A decade of optimism: 1990–2000; Harvest time: 2000–2007; The challenges for libraries in the future.


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The reader could not have a safer pair of hands to lead libraries on that particular journey., LCR
It is refreshing to read a book with a distinctly European flavour and citing examples of European libraries and developments within the European library field., Library Management
I heartily recommend the book to my colleagues in libraries and in professional education. It is a thoughtful review of modern academic library development written from within, but with the very keen understanding of a knowledgeable outside observer., Information Research