January 21, 2022

“A Global Library for a Global University,” MIT Task Force Releases Preliminary “Future of Libraries” Report

From MIT News:

An MIT task force is releasing a preliminary report featuring a set of proposals aimed at steering MIT’s library system toward becoming an “open global platform” enabling the “discovery, use, and stewardship of information and knowledge” for future generations.

The report, based on a year of work since the formation of the task force, contains general recommendations intended to develop “a global library for a global university,” while strengthening the library system’s relationship with the local academic community and public sphere.

“For the MIT Libraries, the better world we seek is one in which there is abundant, equitable, meaningful access to knowledge and to the products of the full life cycle of research,” the report states. “Enduring global access to knowledge requires sustainable models for ensuring that past and present knowledge are available long into the future.”


The MIT task force arranged ideas about the MIT Libraries into four “pillars,” which structure the preliminary report. They are “Community and Relationships,” involving the library’s interactions with local and global users; “Discovery and Use,” regarding the provision of information; “Stewardship and Sustainability,” involving the management and protection of MIT’s scholarly resources; and “Research and Development,” addressing the analysis of library practices and needs. The preliminary report contains 10 general recommendations in these areas.

Source: MIT "Institute-wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries" Preliminary Report: Executive Summary (October 2016)

Source: MIT “Institute-wide Task Force on
the Future of Libraries”
Preliminary Report: Executive Summary (October 2016)


The task force is encouraging the MIT community to read the preliminary report and provide input on the subject.

Indeed, the report concludes, in acknowledging the importance of feedback from their users, the libraries will ultimately evolve thanks to “the creative ways in which scholars and global users exploit our resources, tools, services, spaces, and expertise to accelerate science and knowledge in service of solving the world’s greatest challenges.”

The Task Force on the Future of Libraries will issue a final report based on feedback from the community.

Read the Complete MIT News Article


See Also: Full Text of Letter Sent to Members of MIT Community by Provost Martin Schmidt

See Also: MIT Media Lab and MIT Press Launch Open Access Journal Utilizing PubPub Platform (February 2016)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.