Vol. 3 No. 2 (2018)

Re-examining ‘Library Futures’: Data, Big Data, and Ethical Innovation

Andrew Weiss
California State University Northridge
Published August 6, 2018
  • data big data privacy surveillance library assessment student learning open access information overload digitization
How to Cite
Weiss, A. (2018). Re-examining ‘Library Futures’: Data, Big Data, and Ethical Innovation. Journal of New Librarianship, 3(2), 159-170. https://doi.org/10.21173/newlibs/5/2


I look at the malleable concept of data, explore big data and its impact on patrons and librarians, and examine the impact of surveillance on privacy. It’s a wide-open topic that touches on numerous aspects of “New” librarianship, including dealing with future changes to libraries’ infrastructures, their foundational ethical philosophies, and their potential possibilities as hubs of innovation (i.e. as maker spaces, research incubators, future open access publishers, information brokers, etc.).