Information Access Seminar

Priorities for Shrinking Academic Research Libraries

2023-04-28T15:10:00 - 2023-04-28T17:00:00
Friday, April 28, 2023
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

Funding for academic research libraries nationally and internationally has been declining for at least two decades, especially when adjusted for inflation and the number of patrons served. During the same time, the information environment has radically changed, and along with it expectations for research library services. With no funding turnaround in sight, it is necessary to regularly revisit core priorities. I will present some facts and frame some typical critical choices facing research libraries, to stimulate discussion: what are the core priorities?

This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.

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Jeffrey K. MacKie-Mason is the university librarian and chief digital scholarship officer of the University of California, Berkeley, and a professor in the UC Berkeley School of Information and the Department of Economics. Formerly he was the dean of the School of Information, University of Michigan. At Michigan, he was also the Arthur W. Burks Professor of Information and Computer Science, and a professor of economics and public policy. He was the founding director of STIET (a research program for Socio-Technical Infrastructure for Electronic Transactions). He is passionate about public universities, where he has spent his entire career.

Last updated: April 25, 2023