Libraries exist to further the educational needs of their host institutions.
Everything else is secondary.
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From: "Steven C. Barr" <[log in to unmask]>
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> From: "Steven Smolian" [log in to unmask]
>> The institution makes an investment in shelving space, heating,
>> services, etc., when it accepts a collection. If building traffic is one
>> its objectives, this being a factor determining budget, then travel to it
>> certainly a legitimate requirement, though it may be expensive and
>> inconvenient to the pilgrim.
>> Those archives which are part of university structures have, in addition,
>> the need to offer research materials for advanced degrees. Obtaining
>> collections is a more scholarly use of its funds than subsidizing sports
>> should result in greater enrolment which again feeds the aquisition pool.
>> Intellectual fertilizer, if you will.
> This, then, boils down to whether the institution maintains a
> library in order to survive, or vice versa! It seems logical to
> me that the presevation of civilization would require the
> maintenance of publicly accessible archives (the fact that I
> have a copy of a rare recording is no guarantee that it can
> be accessed!).
> As a parallel, we can consider the question of whether sports
> teams exist to help support the university or vice versa...
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