Lynn Silipigni Connaway and colleagues discuss the future of libraries on All Sides with Ann Fisher

While 91 percent of Americans think libraries are important to their communities, only 30 percent say they are highly engaged with their public library. Modern librarians struggle with staff shortages, budget cuts, and a changing technology landscape. This was the context for today's WOSU 89.7 NPR News talk show, All Sides with Ann Fisher, which featured Columbus Metropolitan Libraries CEO Pat Losinski, Columbus State Community College Director of Libraries Bruce E. Massis, and OCLC Senior Research Scientist Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., discussing libraries of the future.

Listen to the podcast (mp3: 50 minutes/68.7MB) of their discussion about how libraries are adapting to the 21st Century, including how people get their information, how libraries can integrate themselves online and outside the physical library, and what services besides books libraries should provide.

All Sides with Ann Fisher is a daily public-affairs talk show on WOSU Public Media designed to—over time—touch upon all sides of the issues and events that shape life in central Ohio. Listeners participate via telephone, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter to add to the conversations. All Sides is broadcast live and archived at

For more information:

Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research


Quick links:

Libraries of the Future podcast (mp3: 50 minutes/68.7MB) [link]

Libraries of the Future overview [link]

All Sides with Ann Fisher [link]

WOSU Public Media [link]