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Celebrating the Life

The Research Library in the 21st Century

The Research Library in the 21st Century symposium was held at The University of Texas at Austin over the course of two days, September 11-12, 2006. The idea behind the symposium was to begin shaping a strategy for the future of academic research libraries. We invited some of the best minds in the field and representatives from leading institutions to explore the future of the research library and new developments in scholarly communication.

Dr. Fred Heath, Vice Provost and Director of the University of Texas Libraries, prepared a subsequent report – "The University of Texas: Looking Forward; Research Libraries in the 21st Century" – that presents an overview of the principle themes and trends identified over the course of the symposium, with particular attention to their relevance to libraries at the University of Texas. This white paper is available through the link below. Also available on this page are complete transcripts of the symposium presentations, as well as audio files (MP3 format) of the presentations. Right click on the appropriate link to download PDF transcript files or the MP3 files of the presentations.


The University of Texas: Looking Forward [pdf]


Transcripts [pdf]

September 11, 2006
September 12, 2006

September 11, 2006

Welcome to the Symposium [9:43 (8.91MB)] Welcome remarks from University of Texas President, Bill Powers
Introduction and Keynote Address
Part I [20:07 (18.4MB)]
Part II [29:28 (26.9MB)]
Part III [6:36 (6.04MB)]
Introduction by Roy Mersky, Director of the University of Texas Law Library
Speaker: James J. Duderstadt, President Emeritus, The University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Lecture: Impact of Digital Scholarship upon Research Libraries
Part I [22:38 (20.7MB)]
Part II [29:18 (26.8MB)]
Part III [29:57 (27.4MB)]
Introduction by Don Carleton, UT Center for American History
Speaker: Clifford Lynch, Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information

September 12, 2006

Panel 1: Continuity and Change in University Scholarship
Part I [28:34 (26.1MB)]
Part II [29:06 (26.6MB)]
Part III [4:07 (3.77MB)]
Moderated by Tom Staley, Director of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin
Panelists
Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President for Research at Online Computer Library Center
Bernard Frischer, Director, Institute for Advanced Technologies in the Humanities at The University of Virginia
John Unsworth, Dean of Library and Information Science at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Panel 2: The Implications of Digital Scholarship for Research Libraries. Challenges of Access and Preservation
Part I [24:36 (22.5MB)]
Part II [28:20 (25.9MB)]
Part III [14:49 (13.5MB)]
Moderated by Andrew Dillon, Dean, University of Texas School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin
Panelists
Dan Connolly, W3C/MIT
Kevin Guthrie, President at ITHAKA
Alice Prochaska, University Librarian at Yale University
Panel 3: Into the Glass Darkly: Future Directions in the 21st Century
Part I [27:33 (25.2MB)]
Part II [40:59 (37.5MB)]
Part III [2:35 (2.37MB)]
Moderated by Fred Heath, Vice Provost, University of Texas Libraries at The University of Texas at Austin
Panelists
Karen Hunter, Reed-Elsevier
Don Waters, The Mellon Foundation
Betsy Wilson, Dean of University Libraries at University of Washington
Community Forum: Research Libraries in the Digital Age
Part I [26:20 (24.1MB)]
Part II [31:11 (28.5MB)]
Moderated by Duane Webster, Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries
With concluding remarks by Betty Sue Flowers, Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum.