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 grant support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), ASU Library is planning 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 has produced a white paper: The Future of the Academic Library Print Collection: A Space for Engagement.

Together, ASU Library and MIT Libraries encompass approximately 7.5 million volumes. Using the two university libraries as real-world case studies, the project team explores larger questions around the enduring value of print; creating inclusive, engaging and useful print collections; and developing a new book-collecting philosophy for the 21st century.