To stay robust and relevant, academic libraries may need to abandon hands-on collection development and big deal subscription packages in favor of patron-driven acquisitions (PDA), open access, and curation of campus specialties.
College & Research Libraries released a pre-print of From stacks to the web: the transformation of academic library collecting by David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library.
Lewis predicts that the academic library world will radically restructure itself in the next eight years. He forecasts that by 2020, effectively all content delivery will have become digital (with print on demand for the few paper diehards). Academic libraries will pack up their open stacks into a few centralized print depositories for preservation and loans. Open access witll be the dominant model for journals, many university presses will have gone under, and the rest will have reorganized into broader units that include libraries.
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