Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Research Futures

The Chronicle reports on the Association of Research Libraries 2030 scenarios. The scenarios imagine four different future research environments driven by (1) “research entrepreneurs,” (2) recycling of “ubiquitous but low-value” information, (3) big data and disciplines, and (4) the Middle East and Asia. In all of these scenarios, the user’s guide points out, libraries have the opportunity to participate fully in the research lifecycle, “to create, describe, curate, control access, and authenticate information” (38).