Sustainable Collection Management: Enabling the Transformation of Libraries
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Academic libraries have endured as centers of learning and research because they have continually evolved to meet the needs of scholars. Today we are in the midst of an evolutionary leap forward, driven by the continuing transition from print to electronic resources, connected patrons with new expectations, emerging disciplines with information needs that transcend traditional resources, and financial pressures that preclude building and maintaining highly redundant collections of low-use print materials. Evidence that a major transformation of academic libraries is underway continues to mount. We will examine this by reviewing how libraries are expanding the scope and nature of their collections; integrating information resources with applied learning experiences; facilitating researcher collaboration; and completely rethinking collections and access. Finally, we will look at how libraries have been leveraging data to implement sustainable collection practices, which are critical to creating the space, both figuratively and literally, to transform libraries.