This presentation will be a theoretical statement about the possible position of the book in academic landscapes in the future. It is underpinned by experiences of repository storage for the holdings of the Boole Library at University College Cork, Ireland which have influenced the author's thoughts from the points of view of the history of the collection,its value in the academic landscape, the changing nature of the role of the book in that landscape and future directions. The sources searched have ranged from the worlds of Cognitive Archaeology to Information Science to the History of the Book emphasising the trans-disciplinary nature of evolving intellectual landscapes. Issues to do with library futures such as the growth and development of repository libraries and their technologies, the question of a digital 'flip-over' in staff and student choice of preferred access to information are considered as well as the nature of the value of the book as artefact and mentafact.
|Keywords:||Academic Landscapes, Intellectual Landscapes, Book History, Libraries, Futures, Repositories|
Assistant Librarian, Boole Library, Special Collections, Archives and Repository Services Division, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
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