Amid ever-evolving trends in technology, the question has come to me: Is there a future for the public library? And if so, what will that library look like?
"The need to access information will only escalate and methods for interacting with the information will continue to evolve. Traditional library resources, dare I say print, are becoming more and more a medium of the past. The challenge for libraries – and librarians – is how (and in what format) to access and acquire information that can eventually be directed and channelled to its users.
The library of the future may not be the physical storehouse it was in the past, but it can remain the vehicle for accessing information. It can still be that powerful entity around which communities rally, and which gives credence to the concept of social hub or even community hub.
And so, I remain confident that its future is bright, engaged and vital, enhancing all aspects of community life.
Julie-Anne Cardellais a professional librarian, the director of the Westmount Public Library and past president of l’Association des bibliothécaires du Québec/Quebec Library Association."