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Stanley J. Wilder

Stanley J. Wilder

Dean of the Library, Louisiana State University
Stanley Wilder is currently in his second and final stint at Louisiana State University, having served as an Assistant and Associate Dean there from 1989 to 1999, before returning in 2014. In between, he spent 10 years as an AD at the University of Rochester, and then another five as University Librarian at UNC Charlotte. Wilder writes frequently on the demographics of academic librarianship.

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early twenty years into the 21st century, how exactly do we define the word, library? This is hardly a frivolous question. Neither is it a settled one. If a library is less defined by its information resources or access services than by foot traffic or usage stats, then appropriate assessment of its contribution to the institution -- through either quantitative or qualitative metrics -- becomes demonstrably more difficult. The question has implications for administrators with budgetary concerns as much as for educators in the field. Should libraries be focused on decentralization in order to better serve specialized research communities? Or should they be more centralized as the central organ of an educational organism?

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