Colby College’s Miller Library is only the latest example of a library reducing the amount of space utilized by books. And some people are very upset about that.
The Bookies are quite right to want to save the stacks—but not just for the reasons they give, all of which could be dismissed as the sentimental drowning cries of Luddites.
A plan by the University of Pennsylvania to cut back on two of its branch libraries – one for engineering and the other for math, physics, and astronomy – has yielded an outcry from students and professors who say the books are critical to their studies and research.
# Steven “found(Live Changes in Wikipedia)”:http://www.librarystuff.net/2005/06/live-changes-in-wikipedia.html where you can watch Real-Time Changes in Wikipedia. I just watched a number of things get updated including the listing for “Terry Funk(Terry Funk)”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry%5fFunk. # If your Wiki project isn’t quite on the scale of the one above, you might need some advice on getting it organized.
The “Undergraduate Library(Undergraduate Library)”:http://www.lib.utexas.edu/ugl/ at the University of Texas at Austin has dispersed nearly their complete collection to other campus locations in order to clear space for a “24-hour electronic information commons(College Libraries Set Aside Books in a Digital Age)”:http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/14/education/14library.html?ex=1273723200&en=594e613ac6e9a350&ei=5088. As the article notes, there was a time when undergrads were not permitted the use of the other libraries.
When you are trying to unload your ill-gotten gain, try doing it some other way other your “Amazon account(Stolen Library Books = Amazon $)”:http://techdirt.com/articles/20050311/0952255_F.shtml. Or, you, too, could end up another humiliated criminal like “Rory Matthews(Johnson man stole books, then sold them on Amazon)”:http://www.timesargus.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050311/NEWS/503110347/1003/NEWS02.
Bruce Miller and Donald Barclay have “big plans(UC Merced girds to reinvent the college library)”:http://www.modbee.com/local/story/7971042p-8843564c.html for the new “library(The University Library of the University of California, Merced)”:http://www.ucmerced.edu/lib/ at University of California, Merced.
“It’s a good thing I have a library card because I have been checking you out all night.” – Matchmaking at Wisconsin
One demonstration we got to see during the meeting yesterday was the working of the Ask-A-Librarian Section of the University of South Florida Virtual Library. The entire section is powered by RightNow Technologies . Two Thoughts: 1) For those of without the budget of a library of a major research university, I wonder how easy would it be to assemble something similar with free or open-source products.
The University of Winnipeg Library has sold a large collection of donated science-fiction materials due to space considerations.
College libraries at the University of North Texas and University of Richmond are rather non-traditional .