May 22, 2022

Academic Libraries: University of Northern Iowa Library Adapts to New Digital Era

From the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier:

“The library has always met the finding information need, and maybe a little bit of the interpreting information,” said Christopher Cox, dean of library services. “But what we haven’t always done is, we haven’t offered other services and technology that allow them to create information.”


Currently, 65 percent of the library’s acquisition budget is allocated toward digital services like online scholarly work and journals. However, Cox said offline media is still popular, and resources like one-on-one assistance from library staff is essential.

For 2012-13, overall book circulation at the library dropped only 1.5 percent, but technology usage saw double digit increases, Cox said.

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