Thursday, February 16, 2012

Transformation of Academic Library Collecting

Lewis, David W. "From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting." College & Research Libraries (November 2011). At:

This particular version is a pre-print, as the article will be published on C&RL in January 2013. Lewis starts the article by reviewing current developments in academic library world, including digitization of content, print repositories, e-readers and print-on-demand publishing, and open access. Based on his observations, he offers five suggestions on academic library collecting: 1. Deconstruct legacy print collections; 2. Move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions; 3. Manage the transition to open access journals; 4. Curate the unique; 5. Develop new mechanisms to fund national infrastructure.

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