January 20, 2022

“University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries Answer Needs by Switching to More Electronic Materials Than Print”

From The Daily Nebraskan (Student Newspaper):

Nancy Busch knows how some students and faculty feel about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries’ plan to remove books from on-campus facilities.

“I know that this is an emotional thing for people who have an attachment to what they think a library is,” said Busch, the dean of libraries. “But this is the direction we are going.”

And it’s a direction that is sorely needed, she said, as evidenced by rapidly declining circulation numbers at the libraries. The total circulation number from the seven library branches this year is a third of what it was seven years ago – the number of checked out materials dropped from 418,779 in the 2005-2006 fiscal year to 141,603 this year.


Though the numbers of print materials have decreased, students and faculty are increasingly turning to the libraries’ online resources. The e-journals have had nearly 2.5 million downloads and more than 24 million searches have been done in databases licensed to UNL libraries, said Joan Barnes, community engagement librarian.

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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.