Rediscovering Relevance for the Science & Engineering Library - presentation at Brick & Click Academic Library Symposium 2012
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Faculty members across the Sciences & Engineering agree: the e-resources of the library are used more heavily today than their print counterparts were fifteen years ago. Learn how one library has ...
Faculty members across the Sciences & Engineering agree: the e-resources of the library are used more heavily today than their print counterparts were fifteen years ago. Learn how one library has rediscovered relevance to its academic communities by removing over half of the printed collections from the physical space.
The DeLaMare Library was the "beautiful library", with impeccable collections, located in a historic building at the crossroads of the departments it serves on the university campus, and had undergone a complete retrofit and remodel in 1997; yet 12 years later, students were only occasionally seen browsing its collections, with faculty only dropping by to put materials on course reserve. This paper is a case study of how the library, after in-depth analysis of holdings and close observation of end-user patterns, made seemingly radical changes that have resulted in an over five-fold increase in gate count in less than two years; rather than a quiet repository of books, the library has become a hotbed of learning and knowledge creation, with students and faculty driving the need to more than double the number of computer workstations and library open hours. Details shared will include numerous low to no-cost ideas that have proven effective in front-line advocacy for the Science & Engineering Library, and enabled the library to meet the increased demand without corresponding increases in library staff.
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