This website represents a theoretical vision of a future library with a focus on diversity. This vision includes collections, as well as, resources that propel learning in students. This website explores some of the possibilites that may be in the future for libraries, especially in the area of diversity. No one knows what changes will come about in the future. However, it has been stated by Edmondson in 1998 that "by the year 2050, ethnic and racial minorities may achieve a population majority in the United States." It makes good sense to this author to embrace this diversity in all its manifestations.
The Diversity Library simply looks at possible scenarios based on the literature in the information science field.
following articles were used as source material
Bergen, Ceris. Libraries of the Future Project. Library Management, 17/8, 1996.
Deines-Jones, Courtney. Opening new worlds of information: library technology and Internet access for patrons with disabilities. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for Information Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, June 7-10, 1995.
Edmondson, B. The Demographics of Divesity. Investing in Diversity: Advancing Opportunities for Minorities and the Mdeia, A Report of Aspen Institute Forum on diversity and the Media. The Aspen Institute, Washington, DC, 31, 1998, p. 34-45.
Feret, Blazej and Marzena Marcinek. The future of the academic library and the academic librarian: a Delphi study. Library Career Development, 7/10, 1999, p. 91-107.
Hamilton, Johnny. Classroom of the Future: Teaching in a media-rich environment. Library Hi Tech News, 20/5, 2003.
Josey, E. J. and Ismail Abdullahi. Why diversity in American libraries. Library Management, 23/1-2, 2002, p. 10-16.
Lane, Megan. Is this the library of the future? BBC News Online, 3/18/2003, http://www.ualberta.ca/dept/slis/cais/deines.htm
Paterson, Alasdair. Ahead of the game: Developing academic library staff for the twenty first century. Librarian Career Development, 7/12, 1999, p. 143-149.
Rizzo, Joseph C. Finding your place in the information age library. New Library World, 103/11-12, 2002, p. 457-466.
Shimmon, Ross. The Librarian at the end of the galaxy.
New Library World, 96/3, 1995, p. 43-48.
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