May 25, 2022

New Journal Article: “The Once and Future Library: The Role of the (National) Library in Supporting Research”

The following article was recently published by Insights (a UKSG publication).


Once and Future Library: The Role of the (National) Library in Supporting Research


Torsten Reimer
The British Library


Insights,  31, 19
DOI: 10.1629/uksg.409


The global research environment is changing rapidly and with it the role of libraries in facilitating research. Taking the British Library as an example, this article provides a situational analysis of the challenges research libraries face in this context. It outlines a new, or at least modified, role for research libraries, taking the emerging research services strategy of the British Library and its ‘Everything Available’ change management portfolio as an example. It argues that if libraries want to keep adding value to the research process, they need to shift their thinking from focusing on local collections to contributing to a global knowledge environment – in a persistent and open fashion.

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