In this blog, we  (Lisa Spiro and Geneva Henry of Rice University’s Center for Digital Scholarship, along with Cynthia Gillespie) will describe ongoing research on the feasibility of establishing a primarily digital research library for a new university.   We will consider a range of questions, including:

  • Is it feasible to consider establishing a primarily digital research library to fulfill the teaching and research mission of a new university?
  • How much of the material that researchers rely upon is available in a digital format?
  • What are the costs associated with digital research libraries?
  • What infrastructure will be required to support an e-research library?
  • What are the policy implications of a primarily-digital research library?
  • Will faculty and students trust digital surrogates as well as born digital scholarly resources?

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Note: The image used in the header is cropped from “Central Library Interior #2” by darrenstone, available at