by Joseph P. Lucia
For the better part of two decades, libraries have been subject to a series of “end times” narratives, the visions therein always premised upon the waning of print culture and the eventual demise of the physical book as an embodiment of knowledge and culture. In parallel to those apocalyptic narratives, there’s been a counter-trend that celebrates the renaissance of the library as a newly vital space — liberated from the constraints of physical collections and devoted to the discovery and creation of new knowledge and culture. This talk will examine both the anxiety and the promise within those conflicting visions and posits in response a set of abiding principles that can guide us toward a medium independent understanding of library mission at a moment when transformation is a reality not just a buzzword.
Joseph P. Lucia is Dean of University Libraries at Temple University, a system of nine libraries, including branches in Japan and Rome, and the Temple University Press. Lucia has experience managing development campaigns, overseeing new library facilities, developing open source discovery software, creating substantial digital libraries, and establishing open access publishing initiatives.Lucia served as University Librarian and Director of the Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University, from 2002 to 2013. Flavey Library was the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
17th–22nd June 2014