The Future of Academic Libraries

A conversation between GSU President Mark Becker and Paul Corant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Economics and Professor of Information at the University of Michigan, was be held at 2 p.m., Feb. 22 at the Speaker’s Auditorium in the Student Center. The topic of the conversation was the future of academic libraries. Courant is an expert on the economics of universities, libraries and archives and a prolific scholar in economics and public policy. As provost at Michigan, Courant was crucial to negotiating a contract with Google, allowing them to digitize the library’s contents for what is now known as Google Books.

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Courant has authored half a dozen books covering a broad range of topics in economics and public policy. More recently, his academic work has considered the economics of universities, the economics of libraries and archives, and the effects of new information technologies.