From the column of Howard Davies, Director of the London School of Economics, in Management Today:
There was even concern that major US universities might begin to colonise the continent with satellite campuses. So we were reassured to hear from Larry Summers, president of Harvard, that he saw little scope for cloning in higher education. Why is it that health clubs are often franchised, while country clubs are not, he asked. Because you go to a health club for the equipment and to a country club for the people. Universities, on this analogy, are more country club than health club. I have yet to find the 19th hole at the LSE, but I see what he means. [Management Today – Article – Full Details]
Libraries are not ends in themselves, but serve the interests of the organizations of which they are a part. As university emphasis varies around research, education and career poles, we can expect to see libraries evolve to support those emphases more strongly.