The Internet may have revolutionized scholarship, but there is one thing scholars cannot do without: the specialized collections and selective academic content that enable research and constitute the Libraries. For Penn's founder, Benjamin Franklin, the Library was of paramount importance to the academy; nearly 260 years later, Franklin's collection is still usefully employed. Penn's extraordinary scholars pore over millions of research articles and tens of thousands of books every year. As the digital future evolves, and research and learning methods change with it, the need to maintain great library collections, in print and online, must remain a priority for a truly great university.
The Libraries of tomorrow will be laboratories for learning, rich in information access, talented staff and the capacity for
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