Hyde Park Corner Debate: The Traditional Research Library Is Dead
Results of the Opening Poll Results of the Closing Poll
Join us for an Oxford Union-style debate on the proposition "The traditional research library is dead." Rick Anderson will argue for the proposition, and Derek Law will argue against it. The debate will be conducted in general accordance with Oxford Union rules. All in the audience will vote their opinion on the resolution before the debate begins, and the vote totals will be recorded. Each speaker will offer a formal opening statement, followed by a response to each other's statements, and then we'll open the floor to discussion. At the conclusion of the debate, another vote will be taken. The winner of the debate is the one who caused the most audience members to change their votes. Members of the audience have an opportunity to make comments and pose questions as well. As with political discourse, this Oxford debate will contain the normal mix of misleading facts, half-truths and personal abuse. We will also encourage additional misinformation from the audience, so come prepared!
Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Collections, University of Utah
Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources & Collections in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He earned his B.S. and M.L.I.S. degrees at Brigham Young University, and has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as Head Acquisitions Librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and as Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on... Read More →
Professor Emeritus, University of Strathclyde
Derek Law is Emeritus Professor of Informatics at the University of Strathclyde. He is chair of the JISC Advance Board and has worked in several British universities and has published and spoken at conferences extensively. He is a regular project evaluator for the EU and has undertaken almost fifty institutional reviews. Most of his work has been to do with the development of networked resources in higher education and with the creation of... Read More →
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