Library 2.X: What Now?

A "Models for Change" retreat for librarians from Brigham Young University,

Utah State University, and the University of Utah

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This blog was used for the original Utah research library retreat: "Planning for Research Success in the 21st Century: A Retreat for Librarians from Utah." It will continue to be used for the follow-up retreat: "Library 2.X: What Now?" Please use it to exchange ideas before, during, and after the retreat. If you would like permission to post to the blog, contact Steven Harris.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Lunch Discussion: the changing library

Our lunchtime discussion focused around the changing library. We started with an interesting discussion about what we should stop doing and moved on to a myriad of other topics. We did not reach any conclusions, so I will summarize the questions we tossed around.

Should we stop accepting gifts in kind? Will e-books liberate us to some extent from this issue? What role with e-books play in distance education? What is the role of the selector in the future? Will we have more emphasis on liaison roles? Will e-books help us purchase more effectively? Will libraries move more toward hiring specialists, say with an MBA or a PhD? What differences will we see over time with older faculty retiring and young faculty coming onto campuses, often with differing experiences with libraries? Where will we go with the debate about "what they want" versus "what they need”? Should we get federated search? What will happen with open access?

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