21 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 294 2018 well beyond MIT. Indeed, many voices echo Greg’s, including those of Lorcan Dempsey, Susan Gibbons, and David Lewis. These experts and scholars have been articulating the challenges of the transformation of scholarly communications in the digital age for libraries, and have suggested that in this new context, universities should focus newly on making their own research and scholarship available. Changes in the Role of the University Library and Selectors/Liaisons in the Digital Age Lorcan Dempsey, in analyzing the impact of the digital environment on information access and the library role, has conceptualized the key shift: that university libraries need to move towards “inside- out” collections—collections of their own output and uniquely held materials.4 Susan Gibbons has summarized this thinking: From the inside-out, who if not us will manage the research and other outputs of our universities? Is this not a reconceptualization of university archives? And if not us, do we just open the door for others, whether it’s Elsevier or other vendors, to step into that place because we have failed to do so?5 Mirroring this call for universities to focus on their own outputs, the MIT Task Force on the Future of Libraries report calls upon the libraries to collect and share MIT’s outputs: “In support of the MIT mission and values of openness and service, the MIT Libraries should be a trusted vehicle for disseminating MIT research to the world.”6 The report acknowledges that the MIT Libraries have—and will continue to have—a role in purchasing and making available tools, ...the MIT Libraries should be a trusted vehicle for disseminating MIT research to the world.
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