As academic libraries cull their printed collections, they find bigger audience outside their walls

“Shelves and shelves of books sit mostly ignored, taking up space. Thousands of tomes now seem like relics instead of resources. They contribute more to the decor and ambiance of a college library than the use of it – afterthoughts for the Millennials who hunker down to study there. Rooted quite literally by name in books, academic libraries are now backing out of the hard-copy business. But unlike many traditional institutions facing revolutionary shake-ups, experts say libraries are relishing the information age and digital transformation. Instead of existing to house static collections of scholarly journals waiting to be pulled for review, academic libraries are finding more opportunities to push information out beyond their walls.” (via Indianapolis Star)

One Response to “As academic libraries cull their printed collections, they find bigger audience outside their walls”

  1. Martyn
    September 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    There isn’t really any reason why academic libraries couldn’t also promote book-based/ print resources as well -except perhaps lack of vision -open the doors and let us in!

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