Briefing Room


2016 I/S Symposium – The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age

May 10, 2016 | Multimedia

Because people so often identify libraries with physical books, new digital information and communication technologies have spawned speculation whether these institutions are obsolete. Libraries, however, predate books, and, in their modern form, libraries of all kinds – public libraries, research libraries, school libraries, professional libraries – still typically stand at the informational heart of the communities they serve.

From March 24-25, 2016, on The Ohio State University campus I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information Society hosted “The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age,” an interdisciplinary exploration of the emerging roles of libraries, as well as the roles of law and public policy in shaping libraries’ missions. Below is a series of podcasts from the event.

Day 1:
Librarians Discuss the Future

Day 2:

Panel: The Library’s Role in the Community

Panel: Copyright and the Role of Libraries in Preserving Knowledge


Panel: Libraries and Privacy

Panel: Digitization, Networked Knowledge and the Rumored Obsolescence of Brick-and-Mortar Libraries