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Future of the Research Library Speaker Series

Presented by the University of Maryland Libraries, the lecture series explores the role of a modern research library in a rapidly changing environment.  Invited speakers will inform, provoke, and otherwise engage our thinking in different and innovative ways.  These free events are open to all members of the campus community and the general public.

Upcoming Event

Kentucky Fried Libraries: battered and chewed up in the digital marketplace

Thursday, December 4, 2014

10:00 am - 11:30 am 

Presenter: Mark Sandler, Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) 

McKeldin Library Special Events Room 6137 

The campus library, once an information monopoly for its campus user community, faces unprecedented competition today's digital information ecosystem, and we can imagine this competition will only become more intense over time. What are the prospects for research libraries when proximity has diminished value, and scale, efficiency, and customer acquisition become the keys to success? While the future of libraries—or any institution—is not assured, collaboration to reduce operating costs and enhance services would seem to be promising strategic steps for addressing the challenges ahead.

About the presenter:

Mark Sandler photoMark Sandler is the Director of the Center for Library Initiatives at the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). He is interested in how libraries, publishers and users are managing the transition from print to electronic resources, with particular focus on the collaborative efforts of libraries to extend their mission to include content creation. Mark was a founder of the Text Creation Partnership-- a working-group that partners with libraries and commercial publishers to create accurately keyboarded and encoded editions of early texts. He has also worked closely with the Google Books project, and has written and presented widely about how mass digitization initiatives are affecting local collection development strategies.

Prior to joining the CIC in 2006, Mark worked for over twenty years at the University of Michigan where he held a variety of collection related positions, including Chief Collection Development Officer. He earned a Ph.D. In Sociology from Michigan State University and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Michigan.