Joe Salem is Dean of Libraries at Michigan State University, and he joins Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman on the MSU Today podcast for a conversation on how libraries are evolving.
“At its core, a library has always been the same thing,” Salem tells Beekman. “A library provides people with the resources they need to learn, either in a structured environment like a university or on their own in a public library. It provides the space, either physical or online space, to use those resources and to create new information or knowledge with those resources. And then this is the really important part, it wraps all that with expertise that can be in the form of technology enabled expertise or in-person expertise.
Salem details many of the services available through the MSU Library. He discusses how Big Ten libraries collaborate and talks about some of the library’s special collections featuring cookbooks, comic books, and the Vincent Voice Library.
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