“College students likely spend hundreds of thousands of dollars extra per year on buying rights for digital versions of readings to which they have free access. Some college and university libraries have been attempting to rein in the duplicative charges, which stem from journal articles and other assigned readings that students are told to buy for class even though the material is freely available to them through library holdings. Stanford University, for instance, found that more than $100,000 was being spent, mostly by students, on course materials that could be found in the 1,200 databases the university spends millions of dollars to make available.” (via Inside Higher Ed)
“The Harris Learning Library is somewhat unique in that it serves the needs of a university and a college. Technology continues to bring rapid change to libraries in general and this library in particular: thousands of digitised resources are conveniently and instantly accessible to users regardless of their physical location, traditional library approaches are questioned, services evolve, and budget priorities shift. The need for information may not have changed significantly for users, but technology influences user preferences for how, when, what, where, and why they access information and library services.” (via Guardian Professional)
“ARL has published Research Library Issues (RLI) no. 282, which features articles on ARL library budgets over the past two years, subscriptions to journal collections from large publishers, and the impact of the changing roles of librarians on reference staffing. A pre-publication version of the article about journal bundles was released earlier this year.” (via ARL)
“The old-fashioned campus library that focused primarily on storing books, journals and periodicals has evolved. In its place: open spaces for collaborative learning, whiteboards for taking notes and sharing ideas, and plenty of technology. Books are still vitally important, but the many media options available now enhance learning and engage students, many of whom need help from the latest technology to better enjoy reading and writing their own stories.” (via EdTech Magazine)
“Around the world, university libraries are racing to reinvent themselves to keep up with rapid transformations in twenty-first-century scholarship. They still do a brisk business in purchasing books, licensing access to academic journals and providing study spaces and research training for students. And libraries are increasingly helping teachers to develop courses and adopt new technologies. But for working scientists, who can now browse scientific literature online without leaving their desks, much of this activity goes unseen. For many, libraries seem to be relics that no longer serve their needs.” (via Nature)
“Three years since it opened, the nation’s first completely bookless library on a college or university campus is thriving. The Applied Engineering and Technology (AET) Library at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) caters to the research needs of its College of Sciences and College of Engineering and has become an essential resource for its students and faculty.” (
“here will be a symposium Friday in Wheeler Hall to address the future of the various libraries on the UC Berkeley campus and how they ought to move forward. Initiated by the Commission on the Future of the UC Berkeley Library, the symposium aims to provide input for a re-envisioning initiative for campus libraries and is part of a larger effort conducted by the commission to retool libraries for the future. “We want really to encourage a dialogue not just about our library but where our library is going in the next 10 to 20 years,” said Carla Hesse, co-chair of the commission.
“Starting in graduate school, students begin compiling mountains of research data — but they often have no formal training in how to efficiently keep track of it, share it or organize it so that it can be preserved and used in the future. Sarah Wright, data librarian, and Cliff Kraft, associate professor of natural resources, aim to change that.
Through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Wright and Kraft are teaching a course to help graduate students learn to manage their data. Kraft, Wright and Camille Andrews, learning technologies and assessment librarian, make up Cornell’s component of the IMLS collaboration, which also includes Purdue University, the University of Minnesota and the University of Oregon.”
“In an age when people can store the entire bestseller list in technology that fits in the palm of their hand, the future of ink and paper books appears questionable. This fall, the digital library idea will be tested on a large scale in San Antonio, Texas following previous failed launches across the nation. On a smaller scale, K-State has already dabbled in the world of electronic books at several campus libraries, with the potential to expand in the future.
In 2000, K-State first pioneered its use of digital library technology in the Fiedler Engineering Library, located in the Durland Engineering Complex.”
via The Collegian
“A disagreement between seating space and book space in Mary Couts Burnett Library [at Texas Christian University] surfaced at the Faculty Senate meeting on Thursday. Jean Koelker, dean of the library, presented a PowerPoint to Senate members outlining the future transformation of the library, called The Library of Tomorrow.
Koelker said at least one million of the 1.4 million books in the library will be taken out to provide more seating for students. “One of the biggest problems with the library is that it is out of book space,” Koelker said. “To make room for books, we have to make less and less seating and that isn’t working.”
via TCU 360.