Brown University: “In Digital Age, Libraries Seek to Adapt”

Posted on March 21, 2012 by


From The Brown Daily Herald:

As the University continues to embrace the digital age, libraries have undergone a dramatic transformation in order to keep up with students’ needs and preference

“The landscape has changed,” said Edwin Quist, associate University librarian for research and outreach services.

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Though he and many of his colleagues appreciate Wikipedia, he said he worries students have the “notion that you’re finding everything when you make a quick search,” he said. “What you’re missing is what we’re good at helping you find, the stuff you’re not seeing when you make that Google search.”

“We offer a banquet,” Quist added. “With the Google box, all you get is dessert.”

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As the University moves into the digital age, library research and services have undergone a dramatic transformation in order to keep up with students’ needs and preferences. At least 438,636 additional e-books have been acquired and made accessible to the community since 2007, Quist wrote.

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