Most libraries are going through a space transition. They are moving from Print only collections to digital copies. The issue is particularly difficult for librarians who are faced with lack of space for staff, collections and seating. The ITHAKA report is a good place to examine the latest thinking on the subject.
From our perspective, it’s quite possible that the transition from print to digital will speed up even faster in the next couple of years. The cost of building new space is going up and the need for social / educational learning spaces is increasing exponentially.
We know the students need information and technology literacy as much as, if not more than, standard reading literacy. That’s not to say that books aren’t an important part of their overall learning process, but they’re a tool like any other. The transformation of library space is continuing…check in to find out more.