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The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s library [located in Memphis] is undergoing a $4.4 million makeover for the digital age.
The printed journals [about 100 tons] that have been given away to other libraries or recycled have electronic replacements that don’t take up space. Virtually all of its nearly 7,500 journals are electronic.
The library’s 120,000 books, now stored in 10,000 boxes, will be redeposited on new, condensed shelves. It also includes more than 1,500 electronic book titles and 45 databases among resources.
Not only students raised with the Internet, but university faculty also increasingly overlook academic libraries and their websites for the research.
Singarella said the UTHSC library already has taken action to remedy that. A library liaison program assigns a library faculty member to university departments to interface with researchers. An “embedding program” has librarians work with faculty members in class to bring in the research element, Fought said.
“Since the faculty won’t come to the library, we’re going to the faculty now,” Singarella said.
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