Only as good as…
On Friday morning, my family – who haven’t all been together in over a year – will pull up to my doorstep, load my bags in the car, and drive eight hours (allowing for snack-time) together to Syracuse, NY. On Saturday, the three of them will watch me gather my freshly minted MLIS at convocation.
In my introductory course three years ago Scott Nicholson introduced me to the idea that a library is a foundation of any community it serves. And it follows that a community, be it a college campus or a rural town, cannot be stronger than its library. In academic libraries, this means a college or university is only as strong as its library.
As the movement toward remote services gains momentum I would expand this to a university is only as good as its library AND a library is only as good as its online services.
The website needs to evolve into a full fledged branch location of the library. The website *is* the library…
The Law Library website will serve as a branch location of the library, offering any and all possible items and services to remote patrons.
He intentionally omits mentioning any specific tools – blogs, IM, RSS, mobile devices- which frames remote services as an important and agile part of the library as well as enables those who have responsibility over it in the future to meet new user needs and expectations free from an artificial attachment to yesterday’s tools.