January 18, 2022

“Campus Libraries in Oklahoma Work to Adapt to Technology, Changing Student Needs”

From The Oklahoman:

“In a way, we’ve created a library well beyond the building,” said Rick Luce, the University of Oklahoma’s dean of libraries.


About 80 percent of the university’s academic journals are available online, he said, and the university is making greater use of e-books.


As it exists today, the library is based around the outdated conception of libraries as places to take out books and read. While that definition may have been correct 30 years ago, Luce said, it’s too narrow to fit the way students use libraries today.


At OSU’s [Oklahoma St. University] Edmon Low Memorial Library, the space needed to house the library’s millions of print volumes has expanded over the decades, taking over space that was once left for students and faculty to sit and do work, said Sheila Johnson, OSU’s dean of libraries.

The library was built in 1953 and expanded in 1968 to hold 2 million print volumes. Today, the library holds 3.3 million volumes, creating space issues, Johnson said.

“Our building now is jammed,” she said. “All of our shelves are filled from the bottom shelves to the top shelves.”

The article also points out that OSU is planning to break ground this summer to build a library storage facility.

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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.