Faculty members, as well as students and staff, are using Cornell’s library more than ever. In 2011, the library posted its highest-ever use statistics: Physical facilities saw more than 4 million visits and digital resources were accessed more than 7 million times.
“In the digital age, libraries maintain a tricky balance. It’s not only determining what people need, it’s also figuring out what format – and it doesn’t always follow the traditional lines drawn by disciplines. Historians need databases; biologists need books,” says Anne Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian. “The idea of collections goes beyond physical ‘stuff,’ and it really speaks to the deepest needs of the people who use the library.”
More than half of collections funding goes toward online materials, and the library is embarking on a $15 million campaign to raise funds for the collections that faculty members need not only for research, but for teaching as well.
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