Monday, September 20, 2010

A Truly “Bookless” Library

From “A Truly Bookless Library” (Inside Higher Ed):
More interesting than the fact that San Antonio’s newest library has no printed books in it is the fact that more and more libraries are devoting less space to printed books, and are thus reimagining the physical space of the library … Whether the building houses half of its former print collection or none of it, the evolution of the library as a physical hub is something nearly every library is dealing with.

As a shared space for discovery, socializing, and studying, the library is still very much relevant and in demand, says Krisellen Maloney, dean of libraries at San Antonio.
I would argue that discovery (and much more) is enhanced by the presence of physical collections.