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A Study on the Librarians’ Perception about the Future of Libraries in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution

Park, Tae-yeon ORD ID 1 Ju-Yeon Gang 2 Yong Kim 2 김태경 3 HyoJung Oh 2

1전북대학교 문화융복합아카이빙연구소
2전북대학교
3국립중앙도서관

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ABSTRACT

This study examined current status and futurity of libraries based on the survey of librarians awareness in the era of the 4th Industrial Revolution and sought to find effective response strategies for future changes. For this purpose, this study reviewed research issues against the 4th Industrial Revolution based on preceding researches in our library area and other fields. The awareness survey was conducted of librarians of several types including national libraries and public libraries. The results are as follows: First, librarians were interested in the 4th Industrial Revolution, but they thought that new technologies are poorly adopted in their libraries. Second, librarians were most frequently using Desktop PCs, mobile phones, RFID tags, and QR codes for library services. Third, librarians were required intelligent-information services because of their effectiveness, but their libraries did not provide them for users. Fourth, librarians expected that the 4th Industrial Revolution brings positive influences to libraries’ future. On the other hands, they also concerned about their job losses. Fifth, librarians agreed with necessity of new technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution and they especially wanted educations and training related with technologies. Also, technical supports for online services and simply repeated works are required.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.