Alchemical Thoughts

Academic libraries are “cutting edge,” yet many still lack support

Posted on: April 23, 2007

Another link dump post, this one with some posts and articles that give some positive views of academic libraries.

  • Steven Bell, over at ACRLog, points to a commentary about "Libraries at the Cutting Edge." The commentary itself comes from Inside Higher Education. While the article is a nice positive piece explaining how academic libraries are important parts of the learning experience, it is clear that there is still much to do. The comment left by a commented identified only as "Frustrated Academic Librarian" over at Inside Higher Ed resonated with me. He writes:
    • "While this article shows what some forward thinking administrators and librarians are doing, there are still many, many nonbelievers out there — colleges and universities that see their libraries as a drain and don’t support their teaching mission or provide them with adequate funds and staff. Unfortunately, these libraries are in decline, their librarians are frustrated, and students’ research skills are not keeping up with the needs of the current century. Wish it weren’t so, but it is!"

Let's just say that this statement sounds very familiar and leave it at that.

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