Newer services, resources and collections have allowed the library to serve a wider variety of student needs, but a lack of more usable space and specialized staff might be barring the library from reaching its full potential, Director of Libraries Cliff Haka said.
Haka added he believes MSU libraries have been “massively under-invested in” throughout the years.
As the Internet has become the go-to for papers and research, the library has focused its efforts accordingly by spending 75 percent of its annual budget on electronic resources.
During a presentation Haka gave to the University Council at the March 25 meeting, he noted that MSU library staff is many times smaller than that of peer institutions, like University of Michigan. Haka also said the Main Library has about 1,000 fewer seats than it did in the ‘80s.
Additional library staff is also needed to assist students and faculty — Haka has a plan to add 20 new librarians over the next five years that can help students with big data and data visualization.
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