Monday, August 24, 2015

Turning a page: downsizing the campus book collections

Turning a page: downsizing the campus book collections. Donald Barclay. The Conversation. August 19, 2015. 
     An article looking at the changing academic libraries and especially the printed book collections. "While I believe there will always be a place for the book in the hearts of academics, it is far less likely there will be a place for the book, or at least for every book, on the academic campus." Keeping a printed book in a library is not cheap. A recent study shows that it costs $4.26 per year to keep a book on the shelf in an open stack collection. The cost of keeping a book in high-density shelving $0.86 per book. This does not mean that the books are disappearing, but that alternative storage solutions are being explored. Books are more in a supporting role rather than the main role.

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