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.
Library Objectives: Collections – Discovery – Preservation
|Tuesday, December 3, 2013|
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Presenter: Roger Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R
McKeldin Library Special Events Room 6137
Traditionally charged with building collections, facilitating their discovery, and ensuring their preservation, academic libraries are now in a state of flux. Collections, once purchased outright and contained within the library’s walls, are increasingly digital, typically leased or completely open. Discovery has migrated from the locally created catalog to third parties whose scale and services will make it possible to anticipate user needs. Even preservation efforts are refocusing away from local print collections and towards common and digital collections. While changes are unambiguous for most libraries, a key challenge is managing in an environment of unending uncertainty. This talk will review some of the trends that have emerged in the areas of collections, discovery, and preservation, to help libraries consider wise objectives for each.
About the presenter:
Roger Schonfeld is Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R. He leads their internationally recognized surveys of faculty members, librarians, and students, while also managing projects in library collections analysis, management, and preservation; discovery patterns; library collaboration; the future of the monograph; and special collections strategy.
Roger has served on the NSF Blue Ribbon Task Force for
Preservation and Access and NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative. Earlier, he was a
research associate at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, where he worked on
projects related to college athletics and scholarly communication. Roger has a
degree in English Literature from Yale University.