After doing my spiel on the OCLC E-Scan, we broke into small group discussions, and the questions that came out of the small groups seemed to crystalize the key issues for libraries in the coming years:
- Why doesn't the OCLC report deal with the digital divide? This is a key issue facing libraries of all types.
- What about the digital divide between and among generations, especially as represented by the gamers vs. the non-gamers?
- What is the role of the library when information becomes a commodity?
- How will disaggregation of information sources and delivery affect libraries?
- How can libraries make their special collections available in a way that allows them to reap some benefit from them (as opposed to commercial vendors getting the benefit)?
- How can libraries integrate more closely with the academic units on their campuses?
- How do we develop lifelong information literacy in our students?