Research libraries in the 21st century

The ARL published a new briefing paper for research libraries. The title is “21st-Century Collections: Calibration of Investment and Collaborative Action.”

At a panel discussion at the 160th ARL Membership Meeting held in Chicago on May 2–4, ARL Vice President/President-Elect Wendy Pradt Lougee, University of Minnesota, a member of the task force, emphasized that for research libraries in the 21st century, collections are still a core asset and the provisioning of content is still a core role, but “the context and strategies for decisions and investments are changing.” Those strategies will require libraries to engage earlier in the scholarly communication production cycle—in activities that panelist Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries and Scholarly Communications of Penn State, referred to in her remarks as the “third space of scholarly publishing.” According to the issue brief, in the new, fully networked context, libraries will need to collaborate on a greater scale in order to maintain the caliber of collections they once built for a primarily local constituency.

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