There are lots of reasons to read this terrific lecture given by T. Scott Plutchak and republished in JMLA (DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3163/1536-5050.100.1.004).
Here’s 3, with the most important reason last:
- A useful comparison of the emerging digital age to the beginning stages of the the age of print–and a funny example of a couple great libraries in the 1550s deciding to sell off their furniture because of their lack of users (now that anyone could get a book anywhere).
- An imaginative look into how “the scholarly conversation” that we urge students to join is likely to change. I love this!
- A concrete look at how the digital scholarship model being supported by CTSA grants (NIH’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards) has broader applicability to all librarians.