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General Education in the 21st Century: A Report of the University of California Commission on General Education
Submitted by Chuck Eckman

Changes at Google Scholar: A Conversation With Anurag Acharya
Submitted by Tom Leonard

ACRL Releases Top Ten Assumptions About Academic Libraries' Future
Submitted by Mike Rancer

University of California Strategic Planning Documents
Submitted by Beth Dupuis

Researchers' use of academic libraries and their services; UK Research Information Network
Submitted by Beth Dupuis

eBerkeley Steering Committee: UC Berkeley IT Strategic Plan _2004
Submitted by Pat Maughan

Hess, Charlotte: Understanding Knowledge as a Commons: from Theory to Practice - ebook
Submitted by Milt Ternberg

UC Regent Richard C. Blum: To the University of California Regents: "We Need to be Strategically Dynamic"
"The author makes the argument that the University of California is operating within an outmoded and dysfunctional set of organizational structures, processes and policies. Many of the areas outlined in Blum's document, though directed to UC systemwide, might be considered within our own campus and library contexts."
Submitted by Pat Maughan
"The Library conducts a range of evaluation and assessment activities designed to better understand faculty and student use of its print _ digital collections and the effectiveness of library services. The results of library sponsored focus group discussions, surveys, usability testing and use statistics are available at this site. The site also links to data provided by other campus units and professional bodies of relevance to the University Library."
Submitted by Pat Maughan
Rodger, Eleanor Jo: What's a Library Worth? Piecing together the structure of value
(American Libraries _September 2007_ p.59) "A short article wherein the author discusses the :Four Truths and Their Consequences:
1. Libraries exist as parts of larger systems \\ 2. Libraries need host systems more than host systems need libraries
3. Libraries receive resources and continuing legitimacy from host systems in return for creating value for them and
4. Value is not about the library but about the host system."
Note: Online version not yet available except to ALA members, at the URL listed.
Submitted by Pat Maughan
Lynch, Beverly P., et al: Attitudes of Presidents and Provosts on the University Library (College and Research Libraries 68_3_ _May 2007_: 213_227.) The authors build on the investigation conducted earlier and published in DeborahGrimes' 1998 book entitled Academic Library Centrality. The article suggests thatmajor changes have occurred in the attitudes of university leaders toward theirlibraries during the last decade which provide direction for library leaders as theyseek out new models of library service and reshape old models to fit the current environment of American higher education.
Note: Online version not yet avaiable, except to ALA members through the URL provided.
Submitted by Pat Maughan

Bennett, Scott: Libraries Designed for Learning
Washington, D.C., Council on Library and Information Resources: 2003
Submitted by Pat Maughan
Using Trend Data to Create a Successful Future for Our Students, Our Schools, and Our Communities
Submitted by Milt Ternberg

OCLC Online Computer Library Center: Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources
"Provides the information community with data on the perceptions and use practices of end users and the extent to which libraries are positioned within end users' thinking. Based on survey results from over 3,300 individuals in six countries, researchers found that "Libraries, many of their resources and services, and the information experts who work in libraries appeared to be increasingly less visible to today's information consumer." Only 1_ of users reported beginning an information search on a library web site and most respondents do not seek assistance when using library resources."
Submitted by Pat Maughan

David W. Lewis: A Strategy for Academic Libraries in the First Quarter of the 21st Century
"Lewis is the Dean of the University Library at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, and discusses five strategies for academic libraries, which are:
1. complete the migration from print to electronic collections
2. retire legacy print collections
3. redevelop library space
4. reposition library and information tools, resources, and expertise
5. migrate the focus of collections from purchasing materials to curating content
Thoughtful discussion of an ambitious strategy. The URL above is for open access final draft in Word or PDF. The published version is available to ALA members at"
Submitted by Jean McKenzie

UC Berkeley Library Teaching: Learning Spaces Task Force - February 2007
Submitted by Pat Maughan

NEW DIRECTIONS: SCIENCE, HUMANITIES, POLICY: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Problems in Research, Education, and Society
"A website tracking a new developments initiative where physical scientists, social scientists, and humanists work together with public science agencies, the private sector, and communities to deepen our understanding of and develop effective responses to societal problems. The key element: integrating the perspectives and insights of the humanities with those of science, technology, and policy making."
Submitted by Milt Ternberg

The Taiga Forums Provocative Statements
"The Taiga Forums "allowed leaders from across the spectrum of professional library work to share ideas about using cross_functional vision in making internal organizational structures more flexible, agile, and effective. They were challenged to move beyond the borders and transcend the traditional library organization." These provocative statements were the basis for discussion about potential futures."
Submitted by Beth Dupuis
Understanding Research Behaviors, Information Resources, and Service Needs of Scientists and Graduate Students
A report Prepared by Cecily Marcus, with Stephanie Ball, Leslie Delserone, et. al.
"Want to know what science faculty and graduate students are thinking about research? The assessment of science research behaviors focused on the full range of research and scholarly activities, including the elements of infrastructure that support the discovery, use and management of information sources and data, as well as the personal and often idiosyncratic repertoires and preferences of individual scientists. How do scientists share work with colleagues, both internal and external to the University? What kinds of collaborative workspaces are used or needed, both physical and virtual? Are they exploring new forms of electronic publication? How do scientists collect, manipulate, mine, and preserve their data? How do scientists use libraries? And how can the libraries better facilitate research in the sciences?"
Submitted by Ellen Meltzer

"Educause Research Studies and other series such as bulletins, case studies, occassional papers, and key findings covering information technology issues and applications for a wide range of areas."
Submitted by Beth Dupuis

John Seely Brown about learning in a digital age
Submitted by Beth Dupuis

"The Association of College and Research Libraries blog highlights a broad array of topics with highlights of new reports, hot issues, and different perspectives. ACRL also hosts a series of podcasts." Submitted by Beth Dupuis

Diana Oblinger and James Oblinger: Educating the Net Generation
Submitted by Beth Dupuis

Laura Cohen: A Librarian's 2.0 Manifesto
"Laura sets out 17 Affirmations for academic librarians ' help develop a mindset to respond to the changing information culture'. This list is from her blog 'Library 2.0 _ an academic's perspective', but she also presented the manifesto in an article in American libraries, August, 2007."
Submitted by Carole McEwan

Alane Wilson: Understanding The Libraries Brand: The OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources Report
Webcast. "What will your users expect from your library in the near and long term future? Explore with Alane Wilson trends that will be impacting your library based on findings from a significant study of "informaiton consumers" from around the globe. Gain an understanding that will help you plan and strategize for the future."
(Apr 12, 2006. Length: 01:00)
Submitted by Brian Quigley

Lee Rainie: Digital Oxygen: How "Natives" Behave when Media and Communications Tools are Ubiquitous
Webcast. "Listen to the intriguing research results and coming trends that are unfolding as the world of media and communications continue to evolve. Find out what impact this has for us as we strive to stay ahead of the needs and aspirations of our customers in the coming decade."
(Dec 13, 2006. Length: 01:00)
Submitted by Brian Quigley

Phillip D. Long on Virtual Learning Environments
Podcast. "In this podcast of the presentation . Virtual Learning Environments in 3D,. Phillip D. Long, associate director of MIT.s Office of Educational Innovation and Technology, looks at the evolution of online interaction from text-based collaboration such as wikis to 3D virtual worlds (VWs) such as Second Life. He discusses the potential of these immersive 3D VWs to serve as learning spaces and to become persistent new home campuses."
(March 28, 2007. Length: 00:34)
Submitted by Brian Quigley

Phillip D. Long: Technology Trends
Blog. "Observations, ruminations, and other collections about educational technology in colleges and universities"
Submitted by Brian Quigley

An Interview with Peter Brantley at CNI's 2007 Spring Task Force Meeting
Podcast. "This is a 19 minute interview with Peter Brantley, new Executive Director of the Digital Library Federation... The collective expertise of digital libraries in making available the diverse literatures of science and artistic expression, in concert with the increasing sophistication of commercial partners and the development of distributed, interactive forms of publishing, require libraries to chart the engineering of new architectures for teaching, learning, and research. Digital Libraries must work to forge the new collaborations required to enable and build these services. Peter Brantley talk[s] about the digital library landscape and the challenges that lie ahead."
(Apr 27, 2007. Length: 00:19)
Submitted by Lorelie Crabtree-Mansur

Peter Brantley's thoughts and speculations
Blog. "Peter Brantley, the Digital Library Federation's Executive Director, expresses his thoughts on a wide-ranging spectrum of subjects affecting the present and future of libraries."
Submitted by Lorelie Crabtree-Mansur

Pew Internet and American Life - Reports and Trends
Submitted by Beth Dupuis

Walt Crawford and Michael Gorman - Future Libraries: Dreams, Madness, Reality
ALA Editions, 1995. "Required reading for my MLIS degree in 1995 but quite relevant to new library directions conversations today." Submitted by Claude Potts

Brian F. Lavoie and Roger C. Schonfeld - Books without Boundaries: A Brief Tour of the System-Wide Print Book Collection
The Journal of Electronic Publishing 9, no. 2 _Summer 2006. Submitted by Claude Potts

Ross Atkinson - Six Key Challenges for the Future of Collection Development
The Janus Conference on Research Library Collections: Managing the Shifting Ground Between Writers and Readers, Oct. 9-11, 2005. Submitted by Claude Potts

Catherine Candee, Lynne Withey - Publishing Needs and Opportunities at the University of California
Report assessing the state of publishing within the UC system and outlining the case for a UC_wide approach to integrating University publishing in support of effective scholarly communication. Local link to the Ithaka report University Publishing in a Digital Age:
Submitted by Chuck Eckman

CLIR/Oya Rieger - Preservation in the Age of Large-Scale Digitization: A White Paper
White paper with recommendations to libraries who have invested in mass digitization initiatives along a range of topics including ensuring long_term access to the content, shared print as a future strategy, new concepts of collection development, etc.
Submitted by Chuck Eckman

Laura Brown, et al: University Publishing In A Digital Age
Important work based on interviews with campus librarians, press and administrators about the existing and potential role of University as 'publisher.' Challenges institutions to take control of their publishing activity for the greater good. An interesting set of responses is available in an ARL bimonthly report at:
Submitted by Chuck Eckman

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