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?