The trajectory of U.S. higher education in the next 20 years is portrayed by some as an arc of potential disaster and by others as a slightly upwardly inclined plane that may have some dips along the way. Generally these scenarios focus on the teaching and learning program of higher education institutions and give very little attention to the research or service functions of those institutions. With the pace of developments in technology, and in particular those that have implications for higher education, is it sensible to predict the future of higher education, let alone academic libraries? In what ways is the recent past a prelude to the future?
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