Library Planning Process Established by Faculty Senate

On November 13, 2008, Stanford's Faculty Senate voted to initiate a planning process for the libraries. A team is now being established to undertake this two-year process, which will focus on the recommendations put forward by the Committee on Libraries's (C-LIB) Subcommittee on Digital Information Technologies in the Research Library Environment at Stanford. That subcommittee was convened in 2007 to review issues arising from the impending demolition of Meyer library, particularly the impact on collections written in non-Roman characters.

C-LIB and the planning team welcome your input into this planning process. Below, you'll find links to the subcommittee's final report and other documents assembled for the Faculty Senate. We will be monitoring comments on this site, or you can send feedback directly to the committee chair, John Bender.

It is a good report. I

It is a good report.

I asked in the Faculty Senate to consider building an undergraduate library with the classics in any field on the shelves. We could use, and modify, the shelf-list of Yale's Cross-Campus library, which i practiced and so was able to evaluate on a research project that takes in 2000 years of European History. Students would browse, thus, with some quality control.

The alternatives are not people or books; the alternatives include also sport facilities and vanities buildings. Build compact storage under gymnastic courts. Build compact storage over...

Philippe Buc


The internet has now rendered libraries usless. This is a good time to shut them down.

the comment shows the level

the comment shows the level of education of the commentator.

Anonymous' comment is valid

On the contrary the comment is quite valid. I am in the middle of reading Don Tapscott's latest book "Grown up digital" and in it he makes the point that the Net Genners (our current students) brains are wired differently. They work differently and the library needs to adapt to the way that they learn to remain relevant. This does not mean that we burn the books and go 100% digital, but it does mean that the libraries were designed for the Gutenberg era and many are not adapting to the digital era.
John Eilts

Digital library

I have been acting as informal alpha and beta tester for e-library functions. A lot does not work, especially with the "find it at Stanford" links on ISI web.

The librarians will not know what does not work unless they are told. Please report problems with e-journals and retrieving compact strorage books when they arise.

thanks and FYI

Norm Sleep