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The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s Thomas Benton has a column out listing the things he’s grateful for in academe. Libraries made the list, (I want to say, “of course”), and he’s worth quoting in full, here:
Libraries and librarians: Our colleagues who are information professionals provide us with the scholarly resources we need for our research and teaching, and they do so with minimal recognition and considerable pressure to adapt to rapidly changing technologies. While the Internet has been a boon to scholarly research, the physical library is—more than stadiums, more than student centers—the heart of the academic enterprise: It’s a place for solitary reflection as well as serendipitous encounters in the context of intellectual seriousness. Nothing can replace libraries as places, even if they are no longer primarily based on the circulation of printed materials.
What are you thankful for on campus? Does the library make your list?