Over the past several years, the service and collection models that defined excellence in academic libraries throughout the 20th century have been challenged by new models of scholarly communication, new mechanisms for licensing and accessing digital content, the introduction of transformative technologies like the World Wide Web, new methods for teaching and learning, new approaches to interdisciplinary scholarship and scientific inquiry, the arrival of a new generation of faculty and students who, as "digital natives," bring new approaches to information use (and higher expectations for access to digital services and content), and broad changes in the higher education environment.
As the University Library works to meet the challenge set by the Provost to design exemplary library services and collections for the new century, we believe that the best way to make progress toward our strategic goals, and to provide support for the strategic goals of the University of Illinois, is to embrace new service models that recognize the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of academic inquiry, the critical importance of digital information resources, and the opportunities for collaborative approaches to the provision of library services and collections using information technology.
The University Library has issued a statement on Library services and the factors contributing to the New Service Models process.
The New Service Models final report, " Library Services for the 21st Century at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Final Report and Recommendations of the Budget Group Plus," including a message from the Provost (2008), is now available for viewing.
Join University Librarian and Dean of Libraries Paula Kaufman for a discussion of the new service model proposal and review process on the following dates.
These Town Hall meetings are open to all Illinois faculty, students, and staff.