[mla-nynj] Have Electronic Resources led to a Devaluation of the Library? -Roundtable Discussion 11/18 12 noon

Shelly Warwick Shelly.Warwick at touro.edu
Mon Nov 1 23:13:08 UTC 2010

MAR Technology Committee Roundtable Discussion
Have electronic resources led to a devaluation of the library?
The MAR Technology Committee invites you to attend a lunch-time roundtable discussion Thursday, November 18th 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm EST
The discussion will focus on the non-economic impacts of electronic resources on libraries - especially packaged resources.  Are libraries becoming too tied to vendors? Losing cognitive authority? Scaling back their academic missions? Spending so much time supporting vendor resources?
Shelly Warwick, Director of Touro Harlem Medical Library and MAR Technology committee member will be facilitating the discussion.
In an article in the Chronicle Review, Library, Inc<http://chronicle.com/article/Library-Inc/124915/?sid=cr&utm_source=cr&utm_medium=en>. (Wednesday, October 20, 2010)  Daniel Goldstein wrote:
"By outsourcing ownership to mega-vendors, libraries have introduced the commercial interests of the journal providers into what had been an internal academic transaction between a library and its patrons." He goes on to claim that "-the dominance of the customer-service model has led to a devaluation of both expert knowledge and systematic inquiry" which he views as diminishing the library's academic mission.
What do you think? All viewpoints welcome. Join the conversation by RSVP'ing at
Attendance details will follow a couple of days before the event.  This discussion is web-based and can be "attended" from any internet connected computer and telephone.

Shelly Warwick, Ph.D.
Director, Touro Harlem Medical Library
Suite 315
230 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
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e-mail: shelly.warwick at touro.edu<mailto:shelly.warwick at touro.edu>

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