Steven R. Harris, Director of Collections and Acquisitions Services, University Libraries, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001. Tel: 505.277.2586, Fax: 505.277.2194, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
library collections, collection development, library 2.0, social web, content, community development, future of libraries, digital information, user empowerment
ALCTS CMS OFFICE:
I’m running for the office of ALCTS CMS Executive Committee member-at-large. If you are a member of ALCTS CMS, I’d love to have your vote.
My statement of professional concerns: There is no denying that libraries in all sectors now face unprecedented challenges and struggles. Yet, it is these very challenges that make it such a good time to be a librarian because so much is at stake. How we react to the present troubles will have a profound impact on libraries and librarians for years to come. We need to work together with publishers and vendors to devise effective means for all of us to embrace new technologies in ways that help users. We must never stop fighting to ensure greater access to and greater usefulness of information for our user communities. And we need to speak with eloquence to our governing bodies (whether academic, municipal, or corporate) about the importance of the work we do and the services we offer. Regardless of the format, network, or platform, collections will continue be an important part of those services.
a place to speculate about the future of libraries, especially how digital technology and social software (Web 2.0 and Library 2.0) together might affect the development and management of library collections. How can we continue to develop and maintain rich cultural repositories and also implement the best of 2.0 to foster community around those repositories? See the posts in the “philosophy” category to gain a better picture of my goals and aims. The opinions expressed here are mine and not those of my employer.
some of my personal books