Beyond Survival:Keeping Libraries Relevant in the Digital Age


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Beyond Survival:Keeping Libraries Relevant in the Digital Age

  1. 1. Beyond Survival: Keeping Libraries Relevant in the Digital Age Rush G. Miller, Ph.D. Hillman University Librarian and Director, ULS [email_address]
  2. 2. Pitt Libraries Profile <ul><li>1994-95: </li></ul><ul><li>3 million books </li></ul><ul><li>27,000 journals </li></ul><ul><li>22 libraries </li></ul><ul><li>8 electronic databases </li></ul><ul><li>$17 million expended </li></ul><ul><li>No digitization of local collections </li></ul><ul><li>2009-2010: </li></ul><ul><li>6 million books </li></ul><ul><li>87,251 Journals </li></ul><ul><li>17 libraries </li></ul><ul><li>700 electronic databases </li></ul><ul><li>$32 million expended </li></ul><ul><li>105 digital projects (over 1 million pages) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Special Collections of Note <ul><li>Archive of Industrial Society (700+ collections) </li></ul><ul><li>Archive of Scientific Philosophy </li></ul><ul><li>Area Studies: 450,000 CJK; 450,000 Latin American; 400,000 Slavic titles </li></ul><ul><li>European Union Consulate Collection </li></ul><ul><li>32,000 linear feet of manuscript collections </li></ul><ul><li>100,000+ rare books in Special Collections </li></ul>
  4. 4. Circulation Trends: Traditional Library Use Declining
  5. 5. The Digital Library <ul><li>Pitt is a leader in developing the library of the future </li></ul>
  6. 6. Library as Information Filtration System
  7. 7. How Do We Survive?
  8. 8. <ul><li>“… the days of the library’s ability to control what is important are gone. Serving a public good is no longer enough to ensure funding and administrative support. To secure support, the library must now demonstrate how it serves the university mission.” </li></ul><ul><li>— Beverly P. Lynch, UCLA </li></ul><ul><li>College & Research Libraries , 2007 </li></ul>
  9. 9. Survival Tools: 8 Ideas for Change
  10. 10. <ul><li>Be User-Centric </li></ul><ul><li>Not User-Focused </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Re-think Your Mission </li></ul><ul><li>NOT about books </li></ul><ul><li>NOT about information </li></ul><ul><li>But about PEOPLE </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Re-Engineer </li></ul><ul><li>Operations </li></ul><ul><li>Services </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Personnel </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><ul><li>Re-Think How Space is Used </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Change Spaces for Patrons
  15. 15. Thornburgh Room
  16. 16. First Floor Entrance and Desk
  17. 17. Change Policies . . .
  18. 18. Add Remote Facility Housing
  19. 19. Tech Services: Before
  20. 21. Tech Services: After
  21. 23. High Density Storage
  22. 24. <ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>On </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation </li></ul>
  23. 25. <ul><ul><li>Communicate Your Message </li></ul></ul>
  24. 26. <ul><li>Build Expertise and Infrastructure for the Digital Future </li></ul>
  25. 28. Consider IT Infrastructure in Libraries <ul><li>Be adaptable & flexible in responding to digital futures </li></ul>
  26. 29. <ul><li>Change the Organizational Culture </li></ul>
  27. 30. Role of Research Library in Future
  28. 31. Redefine Library’s Role in Teaching & Learning
  29. 32. Collaboration
  30. 33. Digital Publishing
  31. 34. Global Networking
  32. 35. In Closing. . . <ul><li>It is not merely a matter of whether or not libraries exist in the future, but how relevant they will be to the educational and research enterprise. That relevance is not assured but will be more likely if we learn to adapt better to our environment. </li></ul>
  33. 36. See: <ul><li>Wood, Elizabeth; Rush Miller and Amy Knapp. Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition . (Westport, CT (US)/ London: Libraries Unlimited, 2007). </li></ul>
  34. 37. 谢谢 ! 謝謝 !