Libraries cannot puzzle out their future alone

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A thought-provoking piece on the importance of learning to listen and the differences between stewardship and ownership is published in today’s Inside Higher Ed:

“librarians will be unsuccessful in planning for the future on their own. They possess much expertise about libraries, but less about trends in research and curriculum.”

“Third, library directors must approach library change with humility. In their efforts to create conditions for campus engagement, they are the stewards of the process, not its owners. As stewards and facilitators of the process, they don’t have the answers; they offer possibilities. While they may be experts in academic library trends, librarians and directors are not necessarily experts in how those trends fit into the institutional community, curriculum and culture.”

Dane Ward: It Takes a University to Build a Library, https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2015/04/21/essay-calls-librarians-seek-more-involvement-their-campuses-developing-future

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