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Keynote address presented at "Law Repositories: Shaping the Future," Woodlands Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia. Hosted by College of William and Mary. March 30-31, 2015


Copyright (as applicable) 2015 Paul Royster. Re-use is permitted.


Repositories play 2 critical roles: collection and dissemination. How Nebraska's repository has progressed despite not taking common expert advice. Remarks on the current state of publishing. Opportunities for library publishing and disruptive innovation. A call for scholarship to "come out of Babylon"--the commercial marketplace that inhibits the free creation and sharing of knowledge. A call for librarians to take leadership in the evolution of new roles and relationships with our faculty colleagues. Sturm und Drang, hyperbole, irony, and passion.

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