Man Reading in Library

The Age of Anxiety (and Innovation) for the Academic Library

Paul Glassman Director of University Libraries At an annual conference for academic librarians at Rutgers University, James G. Neal, then Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, spoke on “The Imperfect Storm:  The Prospects for Systemic Change Across Academic Libraries.” (1) Scandalizing his audience, he began by diagnosing us as suffering […]

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The Future of the…Book?

David Lavinsky Associate Professor, English Writing at midcentury, Marcel Thomas, keeper in the Department of Manuscripts at the Bibliothèque nationale, surmised that “the new media of our age, broadcasting and the cinema, may help us grasp how ideas and works can be transmitted without passing through the medium of print.”(1) Scarcely six decades later, written […]