Roger Schonfeld delivers address on “Library Objectives: Collections-Discovery-Preservation” for the University of Maryland Libraries’ Future of the Research Library Speaker Series.

Presented by the University of Maryland Libraries, the lecture series explores the role of a modern research library in a rapidly changing environment. This free event is open to all members of the University of Maryland campus community and the general public.

In his lecture, Schonfeld explores how libraries, traditionally charged with building collections, facilitating their discovery, and ensuring their preservation, are now in a state of flux. Collections, once purchased outright and contained within the library’s walls, are increasingly digital, typically leased or completely open. Discovery has migrated from the locally created catalog to third parties whose scale and services will make it possible to anticipate user needs. Even preservation efforts are refocusing away from local print collections and towards common and digital collections. While changes are unambiguous for most libraries, a key challenge is managing in an environment of unending uncertainty. In his talk, Schonfeld will review some of the trends that have emerged in the areas of collections, discovery, and preservation, to help libraries consider wise objectives for each.

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When: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 – 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Where: McKeldin Library Special Events Room 6137
University of Maryland College Park, MD