UNIVERSITY and its Library

The library focused working group has now been updated! Here's the description:

UNIVERSITY and its Library
Librarians are the navigators of knowledge and access at University. As search and content companies further engage in the realm of University and its Library, how do the roles of library, librarians, and library tools evolve, particularly into digital space? With libraries embracing new content delivery services, creating their own digital taxonomies and resources, and negotiating new relationships with users and vendors, what are the implications for our greatest repositories of knowledge? New tools for mining, mashing up, and networking knowledge are evolving everyday, so how do libraries interface with copyright issues while still forwarding the mission of scholarship? Is there a conflict?
Facilitators: David Weinberger (Berkman Fellow), jessamyn c. west (Librarian), Cathy Norton (Woods Hole Institute Library)

authority and openness

It was only about a century and a half ago that libraries started collecting comprehensively (as opposed to taking their cues from the classical/theological curriculum) and making the fruits of that collecting available at least putatively to all members of the university community. In the nineteenth century, university librarians rethought their collections as a kind of precipitate of scholarly discussion--as frozen discourse (these are of course 21st c. metaphors!) Right now, U. libraries now seem to focus much of their digital resource-making on instruction, not research and publication. In a way, and while recognizing the importance of instructrion, this seems like a step back. What can u. libraries do to provide a platform for scholarly discourse, as well as a resource center for teaching and research?

It seems like the research library could serve as a kind of mashup of authority and openness--where the power of hierarchy and analysis meets do-it-yourself energy and possibility.