James Neal: What fundamental shifts do next-generation libraries (and universities) need to make?

Speaker Series - The Future of the University and the Future of Learning

About this session

James Neal is University Librarian Emeritus at Columbia University. From 2001-2014, he served as vice-president for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University, providing leadership for university academic computing and a system of 22 libraries. He has identified four fundamental shifts in library collection development, which resonate well beyond library collections:

  • Primal innovation: revising fundamental purposes
  • Deconstruction: creative reassembly of key functions
  • Radical collaboration: cross-institutional partnerships
  • Survival: deep focus on users’ needs and goals

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