Can’t Buy Us Love
Rick Anderson kicks off new Ithaka S+R Issue Briefs series
The use of large, comprehensive collections of printed books and journals has seen a massive decline at North American research libraries in recent years—an effect of the shift in scholarly publishing from an analog and print-based model to a digital and networked one. However, during these past two decades of radical change and energetic response, I believe we have missed a much more important shift, one that poses a more direct and existential threat than the one posed by the move from print to online. We have failed to prepare for the emergence of a reality in which our very role as brokers, curators, and organizers has itself been fundamentally undermined.
Intrigued? Download “Can’t Buy Us Love,” the first in a series of Issue Briefs from Ithaka S+R.