Sunday, August 21, 2011
Café-Style Lounges replaces Print Materials in Academic Library
The University of New South Wales, located in Sydney Australia, is one of Australia's largest and leading universities.) is throwing away thousands of books and scholarly journals as part of a policy that critics say is turning its library into a Starbucks.
Academics say complete journal collections, valuable books and newspapers dating to the 19th century are being thrown out to clear space for cafe-style lounges.
The policy, which until recently required librarians to remove 50,000 volumes each year does not allow the last Australian copy of any book to be discarded. But it has opened an ideological row about the function of modern libraries as more research material becomes accessible online.
Does it mean NSW University has no need for printed materials in its library?