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.
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