Science Library Consolidation: Collection Development after the E-book
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Science branch and subject libraries at large, research universities have been closing with some regularity for the past two decades. With shared print repositories being established, the amount of print available on campus has steadily declined, as “just in time” request delivery options for users has increased. This study examines the consolidation of science libraries on a Research I campus, shows the quantity and subject breakdown of print collections, and reveals how information services continue in a leaner, online environment. It also shows which publishers are demanded the most as fewer print books are acquired. Collection development tools used include BLUEcloud Analytics®, GreenGlass®, and the enterprise-wide Indiana University Information Environment (IUIE).