Library space in the digital age: The pressure is on

Cynthia K. Robinson

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Purpose – The purpose of this article is to discuss the need for librarians to be proactively involved in institutional decisions regarding repurposing or annexation of library space. As libraries transition from print to electronic delivery of journals, especially in STM intensive libraries, administration will begin to question the need to retain large runs of bound print journal volumes, especially in light of the ever-present space crunch faced by many institutions. Design/methodology/approach – The paper provides a viewpoint based on the experience of repurposing library space for alternative use. Findings – Librarians must be proactive when addressing library space issues. It is imperative that librarians are actively involved in defining the direction and future of the library rather than waiting for the decision to be made for them by their institution. Originality/value – The paper advocates the need to be proactive rather than reactive in planning for the future use of library space.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-8
Number of pages4
JournalThe Bottom Line
Issue number1
StatePublished - May 19 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Library and Information Sciences


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