April 15, 2014

University of Minnesota: “University Libraries Adapt to Changing Research”

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From the Minnesota Daily (U. of Minnesota Student Newspaper):

Technology is transforming the University of Minnesota Libraries. Students use more online reference materials than ever before, according to a University Libraries survey. For students, online sources for studying or researching are becoming the norm, while print materials collect dust.

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In January, students will have access to more print and online materials through MNCAT Discovery [powered by Ex Libris Primo] a categorized search system on the University Libraries’ website.

Mary Schoenborn, libraries liaison to the Humphrey School and Carlson School of Management, said the University is buying access to more materials so Discovery can be a “one-stop shop” for research.

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Online sources aren’t necessarily less reliable than books, she said. Students can find trustworthy sources online, although they may have to pay a fee to view the documents.

Online search tools will save students time, she said.

Accessing print materials is time-consuming because students need to go to a library, figure out which book they need and see if it’s available, Schoenborn said.

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