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Seeing the Forest for the Trees on Mars: Locating the Ideology of the “Library of the Future”

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dc.contributor.author Dudley, Michael
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-24T15:46:56Z
dc.date.available 2017-08-24T15:46:56Z
dc.date.issued 2017-05-30
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10680/1290
dc.description Conference paper presented May 30th 2017 at the CAPAL conference at Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryerson University. (http://conference.capalibrarians.org/program/) Expanded version of publication, Dudley, M. (2017). Seeing the Forest for the Trees on Mars: Locating the Ideology of the “Library of the Future”. Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship 2 (2017). en_US
dc.description.abstract For many decades now, library practitioners have been generating a vast literature concerned with the “library of the future.” While much of this literature may be classified according to its imperatives for radical versus incremental change, what is largely absent from these articles is a theoretical understanding of the underlying ideological bases of their arguments, as well as extrinsic or transdisciplinary perspectives. Reconsidering these prescriptions for the future of the library through the lens of futures studies has the potential to afford us critical perspectives on their ideological foundations. Hal Niedzviecki’s 2015 book Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future is analyzed to locate the ideological tensions in LIS literature between chasing the future on the one hand and cherishing the security of tradition on the other, and to caution against a neoliberal “future-first” imperative of “owning” the future of libraries at the expense of enduring values. en_US
dc.publisher Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) en_US
dc.subject library planning; futurism; information technology en_US
dc.title Seeing the Forest for the Trees on Mars: Locating the Ideology of the “Library of the Future” en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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