Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries - preliminary report
2013-05-17 10:16:18 GMT
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Subject: Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries - preliminary report
Attached you will find the preliminary report from the December 2012 event "Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries: A Forum on the Future." This forum brought an array of scholars, librarians, and other stakeholders together to consider the future of research libraries and their role in advancing international scholarship and the globalization of the universities of which they are a part.
This preliminary report shares a vision of the new, broad-gauged information infrastructure and services that will energize scholarship on issues of local and international concern, now and into the future. Its recommendations are offered as a point of departure for discussions among stakeholders.
We are eager to generate ideas from organizations and individuals to incorporate into an ambitious and solid action plan. The feedback and suggestions will help inform strategies for libraries to align their collecting, tools, and services to support expanded international studies in the increasingly globalized world of U.S. higher education.
We are distributing the report widely, to scholarly societies, research associations, library organizations, collection development and subject specialists, and university decision-makers. We ask each of you to consider the recommendations and offer your suggestions and strategies to enact them. Please share with your constituency, and we welcome any and all comments. You may submit them to me (simon-s8m7MN4ixSw@public.gmane.org) and/or the steering committee via the address global-forum <at> duke.edu.
We would also welcome a formal response from the Middle East Librarians Association, reflecting how the recommendations align, overlay, or contradict your own aspirations and activities, and specific steps MELA may take to advance the ideas advocated in the report. Please submit your response by July 30, 2013.
With thanks and appreciation for your feedback,
The “Global Dimensions of Scholarship and Research Libraries” forum was supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and co-sponsored by Duke University and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
Director of International Resources
Center for Research Libraries
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