Exploring the impact of print in the digital age

Print is not dead.

In this era of digital media, as university libraries worldwide are significantly reducing their open stack print collections, vital conversations are needed in the development of new design strategies and methodologies for print curation in the 21st century.

With planning grant support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, ASU Library developed a vision for a future in which the academic library print collection engages and inspires its communities as never before. Aiming to lay out new strategies that may serve as a model for other academic libraries facing the same challenges, ASU Library collaborated with colleagues at other institutions to produce a white paper: ”The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement.”

To further this work, ASU Library has received a three-year implementation grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to explore a data-driven and community-aware approach to developing inclusive print collections for the reopening of Hayden Library, ASU's largest library on Tempe campus, in 2020.