Library strategies in the Cyber-Physical Society
Abstract: The Fourth Industrial Revolution leads to cyber-physical systems facilitating communication not only between machines and people, but between machines themselves (Straub, 2015). Such radical changes give rise to the cyber-physical society including not only the physical and virtual spaces, but the human social, and cultural sphere as well (Monostori 2019). Several professions and trades disappear and new ones emerge on the labour market while the skills required of employees have changed too (World Economy Forum, 2018). Hence the need for institutions capable of preparing people to meet such challenges becomes pressing. In the United States libraries are expected train the population for the use of technological devices brought about by the Fourth Industrial Revolution along with improving the respective digital competence levels (Horrigan, 2016). Furthermore, various international strategies and the changing learning environment assign new tasks for libraries. Thus in the 21st century, in addition to their traditional function libraries have to become -digital education centres -learning environments -on-line educational spaces. Based upon data obtained via computerized qualitative content analysis of international strategies my presentation focuses on the changing tasks and future perspectives of libraries.