From BuzzMachine:

Yesterday, Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of the Guardian, told the staff of his newspaper that now “all journalists work for the digital platform” and that they should regard “its demands as preeminent.” [BuzzMachine » Blog Archive » ‘The web is preeminent’]
Folks will notice that I occasionally quote from the Guardian here. This is for a couple of reasons, but first among them is that it has really done more than most papers to move fully into a web environment. This is through a variety of mechanisms.

The 'digital platform' is 'preeminent'. The Guardian will be a "24 hour, web-first newspaper". However there are other platforms, including paper.

A parallel is sometimes made between libraries and newspapers in terms of some of the pressures involved in operating in a network environment. I have not seen many statements like this is a library environment though. In this context I was interested to read a paper by David W Lewis, Dean of Libraries at IUPUI, arguing that we should "complete the migration from print to electronic collections" and "retire legacy print collections".

BuzzMachine reference via John Naughton.
David W Lewis reference via ACRLog.

Comments: 1

Mar 15, 2007
Jim Michalko

Lorcan, I remember seeing a talk by David at CNI back in 2004 where he presented a model for library collecting that would accomplish the kind of migration you mention. At the time I didn't think the model would withstand rigorous review but I thought his underlying call for urgent change and a commitment to managing to a different outcome was on the spot.

Here's the link to the ">CNI presentation.


"...His presentation will present a model of the future demand for library materials over the next several decades. The model indicates, not surprisingly, that the type of materials users can be expected to use will change dramatically. The unexpected result is that libraries that are prepared to develop collections that follow the lead of their users can do so with budgetary increases that are quite reasonable."