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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.
by Senovia Guevara 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 » www.infotoday.com « APRIL 2009 | 15 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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