Think digitally and steer academics away from their ‘cravings’, librarians are told. Hannah Fearn writes
University librarians have been told that they must change the behaviour of academics to “stop them craving books” as libraries shift their focus to digital resources.
The call was made at a debate about the future of university libraries, hosted by Times Higher Education at the British Library last week.
Debating the motion “Is the physical library a redundant resource for 21st-century academics?”, Sarah Porter, head of innovation at the Joint Information Systems Committee, said she knew some scientists who had not set foot in a library for five years.
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