The emergence of electronic information sources with rapid development in information technology played a major role in changing the function of libraries, publishers and information producers. Functions like indexing and abstracting were library functions but now it is entrusted to information aggregators and publishers. This study aimed to: First, define the role and function of libraries and information aggregators before and after the use of information technology in libraries and publishing establishments. Second, identify the factors that led to the change of the functions and roles of libraries, resulting from the evolution of information technology. Third, determine the future of library functions and publishing establishments and their requirements. Descriptive methodology was used in this study to describe and determine library functions before and after the widespread use of information technology. The main tool for gathering information about the future role of libraries and publishers in the digital environment was a questionnaire submitted for discussion by the librarian sub-group at linked-in. This study highlighted the future roles and functions of libraries and publishers that will enable librarians to properly plan for the future of their libraries in the continuing evolution of information technology and communications. The study has concluded that there is a continuous change in library and publishers’ functions and this change is reflected on the method of providing library services.
Key words: Library functions, publishers, digital resources, electronic information, information technology, library future.
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