The library has always been a fundamental partner in the research process. But key changes in the information, technology, economic, and scholarly environments are challenging this relationship and raising critical questions about the value and impact of the library in scholarship and its working relationship with scholars in the social sciences.
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and associate professor of the Practice at MIT's Media Lab. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection, published by W.W. Norton in June 2013. With Rebecca MacKinnon, Ethan cofounded international blogging community Global Voices. Global Voices showcases news and opinions from citizen media in over 150 nations and thirty languages. Ethan's research focuses on issues of internet freedom, civic engagement through digital tools and international connections through media. He blogs at http://ethanzuckerman.com/blog and lives in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.