Rawlings on Academic Libraries

Hunter Rawlings, President Emeritus of Cornell University and Chair of Governor Spitzer’s Commission on Higher Education, was the keynote speaker at the 151st Membership Meeting of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).

After reading his speech.pdf one would go too far to claim that Rawlings made the case for NYSHEI’s ARIA proposal. However, he certainly made a case for ARIA.

In ARIA, the academic and research libraries of NYSHEI have imagined the “literary cargo” of James Madison that Rawlings references and seek to make it available to much of New York. It is now our work to make certain that the members of Rawlings Commission understand the value of this cargo and remember to convey it through their report.

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