Gateways to Knowledge

The Role of Academic Libraries in Teaching, Learning, and Research
Edited by Lawrence Dowler

Gateways to Knowledge is about change, about suspending old ideas without rejecting them and rethinking the purpose of the university and the library. Proponents of the gateway concept—which ties together these fifteen essays by scholars, librarians, and academic administrators—envision the library as a point of access to other library and research resources, and electronically beyond; as a place for teaching; and as a site for services and support where students and faculty can locate and use the information they need in the form in which they need it.

Struggling to define the library of the future, librarians have too often bolted new technology, programs, and services on to existing library functions. These essays focus instead on how information may be packaged and disseminated in a networked environment, as well as on how to think about the nature and qualities of electronic information.

There are discussions of specific gateway projects such as the Mann Library at Cornell, the new gateway library at the University of Southern California, the Information Arcade at the University of Iowa, and of "Who Built America?"—one of the most interesting new educational software packages currently available.

Contributors: Anthony Appiah (Harvard University), Steve Brier (City University of New York), Richard DeGennaro (Harvard College), Lawrence Dowler (Harvard College), Billy E. Frye (Emory University), Paul Ginsparg (Los Alamos National Laboratory), Richard Lanham (University of California, Los Angeles), Anita Lowry (University of Iowa), Peter Lyman (University of California at Berkeley), Patrick Manning (Northeastern University), Jan Olsen (Cornell University), Karen Price (Harvard University), Richard Rockwell (University of Michigan), Roy Rosenzweig (George Mason University), John Unsworth (University of Virginia), James Wilkinson (Harvard University).

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Contributors
  5. I. The Academy in Transition
  6. 1. Universities in Transition: Implications for Libraries

    Billy E. Frye

  7. II. Changing Scholarship: Influences on Teaching and Research
  8. 2. History in the Era of Theory, Methodology, and Multiculturalism: New Configurations for the Discipline

    Patrick Manning

  9. 3. Realizing the Virtual Library

    Anthony Appiah

  10. III. The Gateway in Research and Scholarly Communication
  11. 4. First Steps toward Electronic Research Communication

    Paul Ginsparg

  12. 5. Using Electronic Social Science Data in the Age of the Internet

    Richard C. Rockwell

  13. 6. Some Effects of Advanced Technology on Research in the Humanities

    John Unsworth

  14. IV. Concepts of the Gateway: Libraries and Technology
  15. 7. Gateways to Knowledge: A New Direction for the Harvard College Library

    Lawrence Dowler

  16. 8. The Concept of the Gateway Library: A View from the Periphery

    Richard C. Rockwell

  17. 9. The Gateway: Point of Entry to the Electronic Library

    Jan Olsen

  18. 10. The Gateway Library: Teaching and Research in the Global Reference Room

    Peter Lyman

  19. V. Technology and Education: The Role of Libraries in Teaching and Learning
  20. 11. A Computer-Based : General Education in the Digital Age

    Richard A. Lanham

  21. 12. Information Processing and the Making of Meaning

    Karen Price

  22. 13. Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier: Technology, Libraries, and Learning

    James Wilkinson

  23. VI. Tools for Learning
  24. 14. Gateways to the Classroom

    Anita Lowry

  25. 15. Historians and Hypertext: Is it More Than Hype?

    Roy Rosenzweig and Steve Brier

  26. Postscript
  27. Index