Director, Digital Media Center
Executive Director, Center for Digital Scholarship
With funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the presenters conducted preliminary research into the feasibility of creating a university library offering primarily digital collections. While other studies have focused on specific facets (i.e., socio-cultural, technical, policy, or economic feasibility), this research takes a broader view that incorporates all of these perspectives in analyzing the potential of genuinely digital library environments replacing print-dominated libraries. The findings result from a survey of relevant literature and a select number of interviews with the directors of libraries founded since 2000 and experts on e-books, scholarly communication, and the future of libraries. Though the study is preliminary, the integrated perspective in which the findings are presented will be of interest to those seeking a better understanding of the challenges involved with implementing a primarily-digital academic library.