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With the rapidly growing number of books available online, that mode of slicing and dicing has largely become digital. With each of these clicks, a print circulation or in-house use of a book is lost.
Our numbers at Northeastern are almost identical, as scholars have become comfortable with the use of digital books for many purposes. Now almost all of the texts I consulted for my dissertation are available online in repositories such as HathiTrust , which stores digitized books from research libraries, many of them freely available for download since they were published before , the cutoff for public-domain works.
If I were doing the same scholarly project today, I would likely check out only a small subset of books that I needed to pay careful attention to, and annotate others digitally in my PDF reader.
The decline in print circulation also coincides with the increasing dominance of the article over the monograph, and the availability of most articles online. In many fields, we now have the equivalent of Spotify for research: There is also a Napster for research articles, of which we shall not speak.
Very few natural and social scientists continue to consult bound volumes of journals in their field, especially issues that are more than a few years old. UVA recorded nearly 3 million e-journal downloads in , a massive and growing number that is typical of most universities. The authors who love site.
In addition, the nature of scholarship is also changing, still with significant reading and writing, of course, but also involving the use and processing of data in a wide array of disciplines. To serve these emerging needs, Northeastern University Library has added full-time specialists in data visualization and systematic review the process of synthesizing, statistically, exhaustive research from multiple studies , and an entire division dedicated to new forms of digital scholarship.
Our research library, like many others, has also seen a surge in group work rather than the solitary pursuit of the canonical research paper. More classes are assigning team-based projects instead of individual essays, as many urgent problems, such as climate change, call for large-scale interdisciplinary work and multiple perspectives. University libraries have correspondingly seen reservations for collaboration spaces surge.
Last year, we had a record , hours of group-room bookings in our library, meaning that these spaces were occupied constantly from 8 a. At the same time—and perhaps this is one of the feel-good stories related to physical collections—there is an increasing use of archives.
Many students still find the direct encounter with primary sources thrilling, and instructors and library staff have found creative ways for them to use these special collections.
We have doubled our archival holdings in the past five years, focusing on Boston-related materials such as our recent acquisition of millions of photographs and negatives from The Boston Globe , and have greatly expanded our program of teaching with these artifacts. A positive way of looking at these changes is that we are witnessing a Great Sorting within the library, a matching of different kinds of scholarly uses with the right media, formats, and locations.
Books that are in high demand; or that benefit from physical manifestations, such as art books and musical scores; or that are rare or require careful, full engagement, might be better off in centralized places on campus. But multiple copies of common books, those that can be consulted quickly online or are needed only once a decade, or that are now largely replaced by digital forms, can be stored off site and made available quickly on demand, which reduces costs for libraries and also allows them to more easily share books among institutions in a network.
Importantly, this also closes the gap between elite institutions such as Yale and the much larger number of colleges with more modest collections. Eric Klinenberg: Worry less about crumbling roads, more about crumbling libraries.
These trends around research collections are likely to continue. Unfortunately, more troubling factors are also at work in the decline of print books within colleges. The time to acquire the reading bug is much earlier than freshman year.
And while correlation does not equal causation, it is all too conspicuous that we reached Peak Book in universities just before the iPhone came out.
Part of this story is undoubtedly about the proliferation of electronic devices that are consuming the attention once devoted to books. The sharp decrease in the circulation of books also obviously coincides with the Great Recession and with the steady decline of humanities majors , as students have shifted from literature, philosophy, and history to STEM disciplines—from fields centered on the book to fields that emphasize the article. W hen I tweeted about this under-discussed decline in the use of print books in universities, several respondents wondered if, regardless of circulation statistics, we should keep an ample number of books in the library for their beneficial ambience.
Even if books are ignored by undergraduates, maybe just having them around will indirectly contribute to learning. If books are becoming wallpaper, they are rather nice wallpaper, surrounding students with deep learning and with some helpful sound-deadening characteristics to boot. If that helps students get into the right mind-set in a quiet, contemplative space, so be it.