The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection:A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation

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The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection:A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation The Future of the Arizona State University Library Print Collection:A Collaborative and Data-driven Approach to Stack Design and Curation What is the future of the academic library print collection? At Arizona State University (ASU) Library, we acknowledge that scholars and learners are increasingly using online search engines as a first step in their search for information, leaving behind the serendipitous discovery of print resources found through encounters in library stacks. In addition, online tools are often more convenient for most ASU Library users, with the sheer number of print resources available worldwide (more than 129 million unique monographic titles and more than 2 billion items available through 10,000 libraries worldwide ) requestable through ASUs online catalog. Due to these pressures and others, academic libraries have been favoring the removal of stacks in favor of study and collaboration spaces within library buildings. ASU is no exception--our Tempe flagship library, Hayden Library, is closing in December 2017 for a $95-million-dollar renovation and will transition from stacks containing 1.1M+ volumes to fewer than 350M volumes when it reopens in 2020. At the same time, ASU is experiencing a disruptive moment, with ASU President Dr. Michael Crow calling for the fifth wave of higher education, in which a new university model works at a vastly larger scale to increase degree attainment in Arizona and in the United States, keep pace with population growth, and help the U.S. remain competitive in a global society. Dr. Crow is moving ASU in this direction, with a goal of 200,000 enrolled students (100,000 online and 100,000 on the ground) by 2025. As a result, ASU Library must rethink every aspect of what we do, innovate, and scale our support services for scholars and learners. As we do, we are also reconsidering the use of our space, the communication channels between ASU faculty and students and the Library, and how we design and assemble our 4M+ physical collection items in our open and closed stacks. We aim to engage in a new dialogue about the use of print in this digital age by realigning our stack designs with the needs and desires of our communities so that we can be a critical partner in their success.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date12/15/1712/31/20

Funding

  • Mellon (Andrew W.) Foundation: $401,002.00

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