Distinctive Signifiers of Excellence

Scott Walter’s guest editorial in College & Research Libraries offers an alternate model for measuring the success of research libraries.  Noting that even now ARL libraries pride themselves on their distinctive collections, he asks if some notable examples of distinctive and distinguished services such as the Office of Scholarly Publishing at Penn State, the Library Assessment Program at Univ. of Washington, the Campus Information Service at University of Kansas, or the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia might be equally if not more important markers of excellence in today’s research library landscape where the digitizing of increasing portions of our print heritage make many distinctive collections less scarce.

Other interesting programs mentioned in the editorial include:

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