23 Association of Research Libraries Research Library Issues 294 2018 Less emphasis on: Selecting commercially available materials title-by-title Working on the mechanics of transactionally based collections workflows Overall the shift is: Moving away from widely distributed transactional approaches to more centralized and automated selection of commercial collections Reallocating selector time, which will allow us to grow into new and significant kinds of selection that are focused on more unique and MIT-produced materials, particularly in the growing digital scholarship and digital assets space Moving toward selection and outreach roles that will need to be even more collaborative and functionally team-based, working more deeply and routinely with colleagues in libraries units that focus on data, scholarly communications and collections, archives and special collections, and technology Leveraging synergies between the increased emphasis in the outreach role towards community engagement, including contributing to the vision of an open, global platform for sharing MIT’s outputs, and participating in more information ecosystem programming and outreach—Examples of this kind of engagement could include raising awareness and catalyzing conversations with MIT students and researchers on topics such as intellectual property, data privacy, and open access, and what is at stake for members of our community as consumers, creators, and influencers in the digital information ecosphere. Continuing to leverage and value our strong skills in assessing and purchasing commercially available (“outside-in”) materials for our collections, to meet our community’s needs—And we will need to do this in a context of assertively and actively assessing the quality of these collections and how they meet users’ needs:
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