"Libraries were built on the principle that the advancement of knowledge depends on a disinterested search for meaning, not profits, and that sharing is essential for that search. Libraries have always been a demonstration of the wealth of networks. Now that the networked world has caught up, libraries could serve as a model for sharing knowledge in a way that advances us all."
What is described in "Redefining the Academic Library", a report released last month by the Education advisory Board, may not sound too startling. We knew years ago that we couldn’t possibly build libraries big enough to house all the stuff our users want access to right now. But the value of this report is it's worth sharing with academic officials and faculty who should know what libraries are going through, and where they are going. Llibraries are caught between print and digital. But the real conflict today is between sharing, something libraries have always done, and not sharing.