Today, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving 2010, I begin this blog. With the campus largely empty this morning due to icy roads and the library lightly staffed due to the holiday week, there is a strange quietness that has prompted me to write.
Three months into an interim directorship at Watzek Library, Lewis & Clark College, I've decided to put together a blog to record some of my thoughts and experiences about the liberal arts college library. The college library is a beloved institution and at the same time a problematic beast with an uncertain future. Its changing nature and the competing visions of what it is and ultimate can be make this job an interesting one.
The theses behind this blog is that a liberal arts college library can be a strategic asset for its parent institution. Small colleges need to distinguish themselves from one another to thrive. I believe that the library can help a college do this in a variety of ways. If you're interested in how this can happen, read on.