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Ben Walker

Ben Walker

Associate Dean, Discovery, Digital Services & Shared Collections, University of Florida
Ben Walker is the Assistant Dean for Digital Services and Shared Collections at the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF). He has worked at UF since 2004, and my research interests include library storage, leadership, and collaborative projects.

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Particularly in the humanities where the scholarly monograph is of critical importance, where and how books may be accessed by scholars is a sensitive issue. How should libraries be communicating with their communities about issues of access, convenience and responsiveness when it comes to the printed volumes that may take up so many valuable square feet of the library’s physical plant? Automation and offsite storage represent a wonderful benefit to institutions, but do researchers feel their needs have been slighted? How best to engage with the community on sensitive issues of preservation and best practice?

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