Presented by Rick Anderson (University of Utah)
Rick started out the session by quietly admitted he’d be quite pleased if someone stomped out during his talk! Sadly, he was not to be obliged on this front...
He was conscious of the fact that he gives away the ending of this talk via the title. The culture war he believes is brewing is between 2 schools of thought: "libraries’ most fundamental mission is serving the scholarly need of the institution", vs. "libraries’ most fundamental mission is changing the world of scholarly communication for the better". These missions are not mutually exclusive or in conflict in general, though they are in tension at every institution due to priorities, funding etc. The conflict is mostly rooted in the migration from print to online, and are illustrated in movement from:
objects -> access
individual -> collective
institutional -> global
simple issues -> complex issues
toll access -> open access
Rick's bottom line was that soldiers are employees, and revolutionaries are (usually) freelance; however, the immovable fact is that the university library is not freelance. Therefore, clarifying what that means for all us and for the mission of librarians is absolutely imperative.