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With the growth of information technology awareness and expertise from library staff affecting and expanding new library initiatives, libraries have furthered their impact by way of creating institutional and collaborative online repository projects. [...] York noted that the HathiTrust repository is a library project for and by libraries.

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                                      Senovia
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14 | APRIL 2009 » www.infotoday.com
                                                                                       COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES
                                                                                          a look at michigan’s repositories




Diving
the Blue
Into
A L o o k a t M i c h i g a n ’s R e p o s i t o r i e s

                         ibraries are constantly evolving and changing expectations for the user and the
Online repositories
                       Linformation environment. More than just being an authoritative source for re-



L  that support the

free distribution of

  scholarly works

  are important to

     strengthening

        a library’s
                       search, expertise, and quality content in the form of books and journals, the infor-
                       mation center is evolving into a more expansive role. New services that preserve
                       and produce content are expanding the role of the library outside of the narrow,
                       traditional community audience. With the growth of information technology
                       awareness and expertise from library staff affecting and expanding new library
                       initiatives, libraries have furthered their impact by way of creating institutional
                       and collaborative online repository projects.
                          In the book Convergence and Collaboration of Campus Information Services,
                       editors Brian L. Hawkins and Patricia Battin note that, “It has become clear that
                       traditional notions of libraries and information technology organizations are no
                       longer intellectually and economically sustainable. New interrelationships and
                       organizational structures will be necessary to manage, finance and coordinate
                       the choices and opportunities made possible by digital information resources.”
                       Similarly, Abby Smith, who defined the likely role for a research library in the
      relationships    21st century in a Council on Library and Information Resources report, says:

                             In its local role, the library will be optimized to meet the needs of its cam-
    and furthering
                          pus community. The library is likely to provide repository infrastructure for
                          stewardship of university-based information assets. Most of those assets will
   its impact in the      support pedagogy, administration, student life, alumni affairs, and other
                          things vital to the school. A much smaller portion of them will support re-
     digital world.       search. Research will be a far more global phenomenon than local institutions

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   COMPUTERS IN LIBRARIES
   a look at michigan’s repositories




             can support on                                                                                      repository, and Je-
             their own. In its                                                                                   remy York works with
             networked role, the                                                                                 HathiTrust. Both li-
             library will be able                
								
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