[library-media] Replacing Books w/ Computers in Libraries

Rick Cline RCLINE@media.utah.edu
Tue, 17 May 2005 07:57:52 -0600


As digital delivery of printed material becomes increasingly efficient
and common, some colleges and universities are relocating books from
libraries to make room for facilities where students access content on
computers. The University of Southern California was one of the first
to create such a digital learning laboratory in 1994, and in the past
few years it has been joined by schools including Emory University,
University of Georgia, the University of Arizona, the University of
Michigan, and the University of Houston. The University of Texas at
Austin has recently decided to move all of the books from its
undergraduate library to other facilities and create an "electronic
information commons." No one expects books to disappear completely,
but, according to Geneva Henry, executive director of the digital
library initiative at Rice University, libraries should be primarily
concerned with the exchange of ideas rather than simply storage of
books. As colleges and universities work to provide appropriate
services to students who have grown up with computers, the trend to
electronic resources is likely to continue.
New York Times, 14 May 2005 (registration req'd)