Missouri universities' libraries move to digital collections
JOPLIN (AP) — University libraries across Missouri are spending more of their budgets on online resources and subscriptions, as well as prioritizing facility space for people and computers instead of books.
The Joplin Globe reports that the George A. Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University is putting more financial resources into electronic access and investing less in physical items. The library already features a coffee shop, six computer labs, a large renovated study room and reading nooks.
The trend can also be seen at Pittsburg State University, which just completed a $1.1 million project inside the Leonard H. Axe Library. The project involved moving collections to make room for additional tables, alcoves and rooms.
Academics have voiced concerns about warehousing collections, saying a library's value should be measured by its holdings and not its accommodations.