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Emerald Libraries Editors: End of 2015 review

Looking Back, Looking Ahead with Jaeger, Bertot and Hines

Bingley, United Kingdom, 14 December 2015 – The field of Library and Information Science (LIS) is continually evolving in order to keep up with the ever changing digital landscape.

As we approach the end of 2015, Emerald Group Publishing, global publisher linking research and practice to the benefit of society, asked their LIS book series editors Paul T. Jaeger, John Carlo Bertot and Samantha Hines to summarize the biggest changes in librarianship this year and to share what differences they predict for 2016.

Reflecting on 2015’s most significant changes, Paul T. Jaeger and John Carlo Bertot, series editors of Emerald’s Advances in Librarianship, said: “Libraries have become platforms for making, creating, and designing with 3D printing and other tools, partnerships, and leveraging the “crowd” in their communities. Libraries are now more involved in facilitation of STEM education and learning, as well as economic development.”

Samantha Hines, series editor of Advances in Library Administration and Organization, said: “The changing focus for libraries from being a 'book repository' to being a 'community center'. This requires a change in mind set for our users and ourselves.”

Looking ahead to how the LIS landscape may change during 2016, Paul T. Jaeger and John Carlo Bertot said: “Under the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, libraries will increasingly focus on how they can contribute to their community's challenges, inclusion, and access to opportunity. There will be a need to show connections between library services and movement towards achieving these goals.”

In relation to her predictions for the coming year, Samantha Hines said: “Physical space will become less important for traditional services, i.e. bookshelves, but more valued for what it contributes to a community.”

To view and share Jaeger, Bertot and Hines’ highlights and predictions, visit the feature page here:

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