February 25, 2021

Brown University: "In Digital Age, Libraries Seek to Adapt"

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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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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