The essays presented in this book reflect revised papers delivered at the Research Library in the 21st Century Symposium, held at The University of Texas at Austin, September 2006. Internationally known library, museum, information agency, and higher education administrators have contributed their views, concerns, and optimism in developing this book. In an effort to begin shaping a strategy for the future of academic research libraries, some of the best minds in the field and representatives from leading institutions have been chosen to explore these issues. These essays investigate the evolving nature of scholarly communications, the many challenges facing higher education generally, and the obligations of research libraries to promote teaching, learning, and research in a time of rapid change. Readers will find the perspectives offered here are as incisive and as fresh now as when they were presented.
This book was based on a special issue of Journal of Library Administration.
Table of Contents
1. Preface Fred M. Heath 2. Welcoming Remarks William Powers, Jr. 3. Possible Futures for the Research Library in the 21st Century James J. Duderstadt 4. Lecture: Impact of Digital Scholarship on Research Libraries Clifford Lynch and Introduction by Don E. Carleton 5. Panel 1: Continuity and Change in University Scholarship Bernard Frischer, John Unsworth, Lorcan Dempsey, and Introduction by Tom Staley 6. Panel 2: The Implications of Digital Scholarship for Research Libraries: Challenges of Access and Preservation Dan Connolly, Kevin Guthrie, Alice Prochaska, and Introduction by Andrew Dillon 7. Panel 3: Into the Glass Darkly: Future Directions in the 21st Century Karen Hunter, Donald Waters, Lizabeth Wilson, and Introduction by Fred M. Heath 8. Community Forum: Research Libraries in the Digital Age Duane Webster and Betty Sue Flowers 9. The University of Texas: Looking Forward: Research Libraries in the 21st Century Fred M. Heath
Douglas Barnett is Chief of Staff for the Vice Provost and Director, University of Texas Libraries. He previously served as Associate Director for Research and Information Services with the Texas State Historical Association. During that period he served as managing editor for the New Handbook of Texas, a six-volume encyclopedia of Texas history, and for its online version which was developed in collaboration with the University of Texas Libraries. Most recently, he served as project director for the Association’s Texas history portal project – the Digital Gateway to Texas History.
Fred M. Heath is Vice Provost and Director, The University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas at Austin. He previously served as Dean of Libraries at Texas A&M University and as Library Director of Texas Christian University during his twenty year tenure in Texas. He has served as President of the ARL Board of Directors and the Virginia Library Association, and as Chair of the Texas Council of State University Librarians and the Big 12+ Library Consortium (now GWLA). He has served recently on the advisory boards of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), CNI (Coalition for Networked Information), and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). He has served in an editorial capacity for Library Quarterly, Libraries and the Cultural Record, Journal of Library Administration, Library Administration and Management (LA&M), and College and Research Library News. He is a co-developer of the library assessment protocol, LibQUAL+, and is a contributor to several monographs and author of numerous journal articles.