San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
25.1375.1 - 25.1375.12
Transforming a Library into a Bookless Branch and Increasing Discoverability of the Virtual LibraryA traditional academic engineering library over 50 years old in its present location (125 years ifone counts previous buildings) is targeted for closure. But this library doesn't close; it becomes"bookless” in the physical sense. A committee to re-envision the library developsrecommendations to close the circulation desk and transfers the physical volumes to othercampus libraries, but gains significantly more funds for digital collections, a new website, andincreases the role of professional librarians on site. The library building never closes and istransformed into a 24/7 research and computing center.The events leading up to the move, the aggressive conversion to more electronic resources, theprocedures and complexities involved in moving, course reserves, and the unexpected areexamined. Communication plans and a new website featuring a Curated List of LibraryResources (CULLR) focused on engineering resources are presented. The architecture for thiswebsite is based on automated extraction of data based on curatorial input, and allows for customannotations and flexibility.
Powell, J. H. (2012, June), Transforming a Library into a Bookless Branch and Increasing Discoverability of the Virtual Library Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22132
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