Libraries are a cornerstone of our civic fabric. And yet, libraries face an uncertain future. The rise of the internet, the shifting role of public spaces in our lives, and more volatile political climates are all raising questions about the future of libraries. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) commissioned a study to begin to answer the question: what is the future of libraries in Massachusetts? The resulting report was conceived of as a digital first document, a nod to the potential future of libraries themselves. Data driven narratives introduce the issues and opportunities for libraries in Massachusetts.
To learn more about the project and explore the data, visit the microsite here.