May 26, 2022

New Article: “Academic Libraries: A Soft Analysis, A Warning and the Road Ahead”

The following article appears in the latest issue of IFLA Journal published by the International Federation of Library Associations.


Academic Libraries: A Soft Analysis, A Warning and the Road Ahead


James M. Matarazzo
Dean and Professor Emeritus
School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College

Toby Pearlstein
Bain & Company (Retired)


IFLA Journal
Vol. 41, No. 5 (2015)


Networked access to full-text databases has disrupted both academic and corporate libraries from the research process. The for-profit environment, where libraries are less insulated by organizational prestige and historical tradition, has felt the impact of this more immediately. The changes in corporate libraries, as well as their efforts to remain relevant, can provide insight for academic libraries on how to weather the new realities. Academic libraries will need new strategies to maintain their relationship with students, faculty, and the academy to ensure sustainability.

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Note: The article is found on pages 5-12. We’re sharing a link to the full text of this issue.

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