Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version



UNL Libraries PPB Forum 10/24/2008 & 11/17/2008. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution- Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 USA by-nc-sa/3.0/us/ © 2008 Elaine L. Westbrooks


My Framework
• The purpose of the library has not changed-- our role has
• Liaison librarians play a central role in representing the library
• Librarian’s Roles are changing and expanding
• Support and engagement of academic units is critical
• We must expect ongoing demands to acquire, organize, and provide access to locally held resources
• Research universities are under fire
• Our users prefer convenience over quality
• The library has become a virtual destination
• It is our responsibility to ask “What is the future of the academic library?” and “How can they be transformed in the digital age?”

Evolving & New Roles and Responsibilities
• Emphasize communication & outreach
• Raise library’s profile on campus
• Focus on users other than faculty
• Our users have moved beyond a collections centered library
• Strive to “connect” to faculty and students
• Provide effective research assistance at point of need
• Leverage web presence & be familiar with technology
• Library 2.0

• Promotion of IR, open access, copyright, information ethics