The future holds many secrets. As humans, we spend an inordinate amount of time pondering and wondering what it will mean to us. It will be different on many levels. What about libraries? They have seen and experienced so much change in the past few decades that one has to wonder what they will look like, if they will exist in a hundred years, or less. This interesting topic came from Slate in their article, “What Will Libraries Be Like in 2100?

I believe they will exist in some form or fashion. The quaint city libraries with their mahogany staircases and bookcases will likely be replaced by a connectional, global facility, mostly accessed online.

The old model depended on physical collections of material widely and strategically distributed. A consolidation of collections is in order for the sheet practicality of it all. It will reduce redundancy and provide a more comprehensive search experience.

Whatever you are searching for, it is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.