Roles and Expectations of Digital Libraries

The author of this long article On Educause begins by pointing out some interesting and successful digital initiatives undertaken by academic libraries. Then he changes his tone, saying that libraries have failed in several ways. "Those of us in the library field have not done a good job of letting go of the way that we have defined ourselves in the past. We have not done a good job of redefining ourselves in the world today. We have not provided truly active support for learning within our institutions to further our students’ education. We have not engaged, as vigorously as we should have, in important public debates around vital issues for libraries, for our users, and for our institutions. And we have not actively innovated in important areas that will help define our existence and our own preservation in the years ahead." He offers several "mantras" describing how libraries must change.

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