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The two most recently opened libraries at McGill, the Nahum Gelber Law Library and Marvin Duchow Music Library, were completed in 1998 and 2006 respectively. Their designs reflected a new priority in libraries.
“They had library [book collections] for years, what had happened was they needed space,” [Richard] Virr [Head and Curator of Manuscripts] said. “We’re returning almost to the time when libraries had major reading rooms, because that was student space.”
The provincial government’s $38.2 million cuts to McGill’s operating budget last December led to a $1.8 million reduction to the library budget.
France Bouthillier, director of the School of Information Studies, said libraries worldwide are undergoing a shift in role, and budget cuts have merely sped up this inevitable process at McGill.
Librarians From Outside of McGill Quoted in the Article
- Lizabeth Wilson, dean of university libraries at the University of Washington
- Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums at Johns Hopkins University
- Carolyn Argentati, Deputy Director of Libraries Administration at NCSU
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