Libraries today are at the heart of unprecedented change. This change is fueled primarily by new technologies, new resources and new services that were unimaginable as recently as three years ago. Never before have the challenges we face been so exciting or the opportunities so great.
Increasingly our organizations are being called upon to do more; do it more effectively and more efficiently; and do it in a way that distinguishes us from our competitors. Successful organizations will be measured, in part, by our ability to adapt quickly to the changing needs and expectations of our users. Adaptation will require a culture of risk-taking and innovation that encourages and rewards the radical rethinking of library resources and services The McMaster University community is recognized for its ability to lead by reinterpreting/reinventing itself each generation based on long-standing traditions of creative thinking & innovation. The recent hiring of a new University Librarian coupled with several librarian vacancies provides us with an opportunity to make some significant organizational changes to meet the needs of the 21st century academic library user.
- Jeff Trzeciak, University Librarian, McMaster University -