Friday, August 27, 2010

Academic Libraries and the Struggle to Remain Relevant: Why Research is Conducted Elsewhere

Academic libraries are facing a critical challenge to remain relevant in the eyes of

students and faculty members who are engaged in academic research at all levels. The

academic library's brand is impeccable. It is the first choice among students and faculty

members alike when they must locate high quality research materials. In an era when the

library is virtually crammed with an ever-growing mountain of the latest research

materials, student researchers are turning to Google in growing numbers, not because of

it's quality content, but because academic library patrons are often confused and

disappointed by their library search experiences.

John Law Vice President, Discovery Services, ProQuest

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