The Future of Libraries and Area Studies Collections Larry Alford Chief Librarian University of Toronto Libraries Council on East Asian Libraries March 14, 2012 Preservation of the Cultural and Historical Record Change in libraries is a given; our future is strong! Print still matters. But so does digital. Scholars demand webscale coupled with simple discovery. Is this a contradiction? Collections Acquire especially the hard to obtain resources. Digitize! Diamond Sutra Preservation Mark Barnard working on the Diamond Sutra. Infilling the tears in the margin. © The British Library Board The Lotus Sutra © The British Library Board Collect for scholars 100 years from now! Collect for today! Serve new forms of scholarship. Cooperate and compete. Put cooperation first! International Dunhuang Project © The British Library Board Share expertise and build a webscale network. Partner Internally. Integrate into the library. Figure out together how to acquire social media and other contemporary digital information. http://bit.ly/jgaTMT Become a connector: … of scholars … of ideas Preserve all of our joint heritage that you can. Find ways to: … Cooperate … Engage … Connect Many Projects Collaborative digitization of Chinese rare books • Academia Sinica in Taiwan & Princeton East Asian Library • National Library of China & Harvard-Yenching University • Taiwan National Central Library & University of Washington East Asian Library Million Book Digital Library Project Full digitization by Google Books of Stanford University and University of Michigan collections The Challenge: Build one comprehensive platform. Thank you!