Just read an article by James Duderstadt, president emeritus and University Professor of Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. It was “Envisioning a Transformed University,” in Issues in Science and Technology.
The stewardship of knowledge will remain a university responsibility in the future, but it will have to be done in a more collaborative way in the digital age.
In a sense, the library may be the most important observation post for studying how students really learn. If the core competency of the university is the capacity to build collaborative spaces, both real and intellectual, then the changing nature of the library may be a touchstone for the changing nature of the university itself.