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The industry is changing—is your library future-proof?

How libraries can thrive in today's digital world and beyond

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What libraries can learn from Spotify, Netflix and 
Whole Foods

There’s been a fundamental shift in the way people read content. In a world where the business models behind newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and music have transformed to meet drastic changes in consumer behavior—libraries too must follow suit or be left behind.

What has changed?  
Well, quite a lot. 

Print is facing some steep competition from the mobile screen. And readers have never had more avenues to discover all kinds of information.

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This is no secret to librarians. A recent OCLC (Online Computer Library) study found that most academic librarians think their primary service (borrowing books) will change dramatically in the next five years.

So the question remains, how can the libraries of today adapt to the digital world of tomorrow?  

That’s why we turn to other rapidly evolving industries for answers. We pose the question to leading businesses like Spotify, Netflix, and Whole Foods, and our findings might just surprise you.   

What libraries can learn from Spotify, Netflix and Whole Foods

There’s been a fundamental shift in the way people read content. In a world where the business models behind newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and music have transformed to meet drastic changes in consumer behavior—libraries too must follow suit or be left behind.

What has changed? Well, quite a lot.

Print is facing some steep competition from the mobile screen. And readers have never had more avenues to discover all kinds of information.

This is no secret to librarians. A recent OCLC (Online Computer Library) study found that most academic librarians think their primary service (borrowing books) will change dramatically in the next five years.

So the question remains, how can the libraries of today adapt to the digital world of tomorrow?  

That’s why we turn to other rapidly evolving industries for answers. We pose the question to leading businesses like Spotify, Netflix, and Whole Foods, and our findings might just surprise you.   

The industry is changing—is your library future-proof?

How libraries can thrive in today's digital world and beyond

About the author

Nikolay Malyarov is the Chief Content Officer and General Counsel at PressReader. His deep knowledge of both the global tech and publishing industries has made him invaluable in building PressReader into a truly global business. He writes extensively about the intersection of libraries with digital publishing, a unique position of expertise sparked by his past as a young Reference Library Assistant at BYU-Idaho before he joined the media world. 

He is frequently invited to speak at conferences, sit on panels, and present at award shows throughout the digital publishing industry. He is recognized around the world for his strategic vision, insightful commentary, and ability to predict future trends of the publishing industry.

Nikolay Malyarov is the Chief Content Officer and General Counsel at PressReader. His deep knowledge of both the global tech and publishing industries has made him invaluable in building PressReader into a truly global business. He writes extensively about the intersection of libraries with digital publishing, a unique position of expertise sparked by his past as a young Reference Library Assistant at BYU-Idaho before he joined the media world. 

He is frequently invited to speak at conferences, sit on panels, and present at award shows throughout the digital publishing industry. He is recognized around the world for his strategic vision, insightful commentary, and ability to predict future trends of the publishing industry.

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