Last One Out Turn Off The Lights: Is This the Future of American and Canadian Libraries?

By Louise McGillis and Susan Cleyle

Last One Out Turn Off The Lights

Last One Out Turn Off The Lights: Is This the Future of American and Canadian Libraries?

Libraries in the United States and Canada are facing similar challenges to their futures. Editors Susan Cleyle and Louise McGillis have pulled together an impressive list of contributors to look at the future of the profession and answer the question: is it time to turn off the lights and call it a day?

Essays challenge the reader on five different topics: the Web, library as place, pushing to the desktop, certification, and the future of associations. Contributors were asked to think outside the box and take readers to places they may not have been before thus providing both Library and Information Science students and practicing librarians with innovative ways to position themselves to serve a future society that is information hungry.

Susan Cleyle

Susan Cleyle







“They want the information, and they want it now!” the editors say of their future users, begging the question of how libraries can maintain their integrity while providing “immediate gratification” for the public, who are growing ever more used to their needs being met without their having to leave their homes, cars, or offices. “How do we preserve what is good while, at the same time, move forward and do new things in very different ways?”

Susan Cleyle is an associate librarian at the QE II Library. Louise McGillis is an information services librarian with Sir Wilfred Grenfell College.