Thursday, July 25, 2013

Library Services vs. Library Space - handle with care

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In these days of online resources, physical library space is of diminishing importance.  So to surrender some library space for some other purpose should not be so bad as it might have been in the days of paper.  But if such a change is not handled carefully (or is rushed), problems can result.  I have been through this experience once already, losing journal storage space, and scrambling to keep only the print journal issues not duplicated online or on microfiche.  In the next "6 to 8 weeks", I will likely lose the library "work room" - which houses the same journal issues rescued from the lost storage space.  On July 25 (9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT), we'll discuss the pitfalls of the process, how best to avoid them, and perhaps how to improve conditions in the end. 

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