The identity of the library is closely bound with its collections. In a print world, this made sense, as the central role of the library was to place materials close to the user and arrange them for effective use.
However, in a network environment this is no longer the case. Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, Membership and Research, and Chief Strategist at the Online Computer Library Center, will discuss the following three trends that are changing the character of library collections:
The facilitated collection, where the library connects users to resources of interest to their research and learning needs, whether or not they are assembled locally.
The collective collection, where libraries begin to think about moving to shared environments to manage their collections and assuming collective responsibility for stewardship of the scholarly record.
The inside-out collection, where libraries work with other campus partners to support the creation, management and disclosure of institutional materials—research data, special collections, and so on. Here the library supports the creative enterprise of scholarship directly. Together, these trends are changing how we think about collections, libraries, and services to their users.
Together, these trends are changing how we think about collections, libraries, and services to their users.
The Thomas Lecture Series honors the outstanding work that Shirley K. Baker, former Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources & Dean of University Libraries, led in the areas of networked information and resource sharing.