Recently, it seems to me I have heard the sentiment that the library is no longer the ‘heart of the university’ expressed several times.
If not the heart, which organ? I wonder ….
Photo credit: taken by my colleague Günter Waibel at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale.
The library does not have a singular network presence. There may be a main website, but the library also syndicates its presence to other venues (e.g. RSS), has unbundled to social sites (e.g. Facebook), and sources activity in the cloud (e.g. LibGuides).
The collection remains central to the library experience. However, as library services evolve beyond the collection so it makes sense for discovery services to represent more of what the library does and can provide - to move from 'full collection discovery' to 'full library discovery.'