What's New in 21st Century Academic Libraries: Redesigning Libraries From? “Place” to “Platform”


Authors : Sanjiv K. Sain; Asha Negi

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

Google Scholar : https://bit.ly/3TmGbDi

Scribd : https://tinyurl.com/3z8hyevb

DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8310787

Abstract : In the 21st century, academic libraries are undergoing a significant transformation, shifting from being physical spaces focused on storing and providing access to information to becoming dynamic platforms that facilitate knowledge creation, collaboration, and innovation. This abstract explores the concept of redesigning libraries from "place" to "platform" and highlights the key aspects of this transformation. Libraries are embracing digital technologies, expanding their online presence, and offering virtual services that go beyond the physical boundaries of their buildings. They are embracing the concept of makerspaces, digital labs, and innovation centers to facilitate hands-on learning, exploration, and the development of digital literacy skills. Additionally, libraries are forming strategic alliances with other academic departments, community organizations, and industry partners to leverage expertise, resources, and funding. Overall, this paper highlights the shift from a traditional library model centered on physical collections and spaces to a more dynamic and flexible platform that leverages technology, fosters collaboration, and promotes innovation. It emphasizes the need for academic libraries to continually adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of their users in the 21st century.

Keywords : Place, platform, traditional, digital, transformation, digital technologies, virtual services.

In the 21st century, academic libraries are undergoing a significant transformation, shifting from being physical spaces focused on storing and providing access to information to becoming dynamic platforms that facilitate knowledge creation, collaboration, and innovation. This abstract explores the concept of redesigning libraries from "place" to "platform" and highlights the key aspects of this transformation. Libraries are embracing digital technologies, expanding their online presence, and offering virtual services that go beyond the physical boundaries of their buildings. They are embracing the concept of makerspaces, digital labs, and innovation centers to facilitate hands-on learning, exploration, and the development of digital literacy skills. Additionally, libraries are forming strategic alliances with other academic departments, community organizations, and industry partners to leverage expertise, resources, and funding. Overall, this paper highlights the shift from a traditional library model centered on physical collections and spaces to a more dynamic and flexible platform that leverages technology, fosters collaboration, and promotes innovation. It emphasizes the need for academic libraries to continually adapt and evolve to meet the changing needs of their users in the 21st century.

Keywords : Place, platform, traditional, digital, transformation, digital technologies, virtual services.

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