As a new digital landscape takes over, university libraries must find ways to stay relevant. While libraries are here to stay, transforming from independent study spots to a place with digital resources and areas for collaborative learning is necessary.
One way libraries have begun to meet these digital needs is by offering students and library-goers access to digital versions of the books. While transferring these materials from print to digital is a timely and potentially expensive process, users gain the ability to access the knowledge quicker and easier.
Digital resources are a huge part of the learning environment. Libraries should provide a 24-hour computer lab accessible to students. To keep up with changing study habits, libraries should also provide flexible workspaces for creative collaboration within groups. By redesigning these spaces, institutions are seeing libraries become creative meeting places for large and small study groups.
While all of these factors are key to updating a library in the digital age, a librarian that is well versed on digital resources is also imperative. Librarians should be able to guide students in the correct use of digital resources and literacy.
By bringing university libraries into the digital age, institutions can plan on keeping their libraries relevant and prevent their demise.