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.
David W. Lewis, dean of the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) University Library, in his article entitled "From Stacks to the Web: the Transformation of Academic Library Collecting", 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.
He suggests, "If academic libraries are to be successful, they will need to: deconstruct legacy print collections; move from item-by-item book selection to purchase-on-demand and subscriptions; manage the transition to open access journals; focus on curating unique items; and develop new mechanisms for funding national infrastructure."
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Via Fe Angela M. Verzosa