ATG Article of the Week: A Hole Lot of Books

ATG Article of the Week of May 22, 2011

‘A Hole Lot of Books,” by Kevin Kiley, Inside Higher Education, May 18, 2011.

This is an article about an underground solution to the U of Chicago’s library storage problem.

“The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which opened Monday, is Chicago’s answer to a problem that many universities have encountered in recent years — too many volumes and not enough library space. Faculty members adamantly opposed moving books, particularly monographs, off-site, and building a new above-ground library seemed so 1970s. So the answer — the brainchild of Chicago architect Helmut Jahn — was to dig down”

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/05/18/chicago_library_solves_shelf_space_question_by_burrowing_underground_using_robots

This is another library’s response to issues covered in the ATG Article of the week of April 28th.

ATG Article of the Week: No Room for Books

ATG Article of the Week of April 25, 2011
No Room for Books by Kevin Kiley. Inside Higher Education, April 27, 2011.

This is about plans at the University of Denver to move much of Penrose Library’s holdings off campus. The space is being repurposed “with more seating, group space, and technological capacity.” Some books that are being moved out will be returned after renovation but only 20% of the current collection will be in the building. Syracuse University tried a version of this approach in 2009 but backed down when there was fierce resistance. Reportedly the resistance is more muted in Denver. Still, as of April 27 (the date of the article), twenty-two comments have been posted regarding the article, most of them unfavorable. What is happening to the traditional function of the library? Should libraries be retaining print books anymore?

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/27/university_of_denver_removing_most_books_from_its_library

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