Building an academic library from scratch: UC Merced

The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) has an article about the library at the new University of California campus to be opened in Merced in the fall. The head librarian, R. Bruce Miller, describes his vision for the library:

With its focus on remote collections and digital resources, Merced’s Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library will either be a new model for research libraries or a brief experiment for a generation dazzled by the Internet. Mr. Miller’s vision departs from traditional library practices in every way, yet he believes he has “gotten back to basics,” serving up information for students and faculty members the way they want it, when they want it.

It sounds like Miller has a radically different vision of the academic library. Highly recommended.