- Libraries are generally earlier adopters than much of the general public, however digital rights management may present challenges when it comes to offering our users access to electronic content. Ever-shrinking budgets will also make us wary of investing heavily in possible fad technologies. Collaboration among libraries in Minnesota could become even more important as we all try to stretch budgets while exploring new technologies.
- There will continue to be a digital divide: both in terms of skills in using new technologies and in terms of technological ‘haves’ and ‘have nots.’ Who will libraries serve? How can libraries position themselves to bridge this divide?
- Advances in digital media will allow our patrons to access even more library resources remotely. Meshing digital library resources with physical resources and integrating all library resources into Internet searches will continue to be important, but how will we make sure the public knows they are using the library and not just free Internet resources?
- Fear of change and wariness of new technologies will continue to exist, but hopefully we will be better positioned to adopt new technologies as more “digital natives” enter the profession and are able to share their knowledge with colleagues and the general public.
What are your thoughts? What will the role of technology be in libraries in 2025? How will libraries bridge the digital divide? Will it be more important to provide technologies for accessing content to those without or provide content to those that already own the devices? With no end to our limited budgets in sight, how will we figure out where to invest?