“Growing the Academic Library: Past, Present & Future” is an exploration of how academic libraries have changed as seen through the lenses of resources, physical space, and instruction. Through examination of these areas, we’re able to see the fluid progression between where academic libraries have been and where they’re going, the latter including emerging ideas such as patron-driven acquisition and student activism archiving¬†– as well as plenty of “soft furnishings.”

Student on rainbow couches in Oberlin's Mudd academic library

Oberlin’s Mudd Library, via istolethetv on Flickr

The evolution of the academic library doesn’t just tell us where the library has been and where it might be headed. This investigation also¬† reveals the ongoing symbiotic relationship between the library and the wider university, and the importance of understanding and nurturing said relationship for the healthy development of the whole.


Mary Mann
Mary Mann is a first-year LIS student at Pratt, focusing on reference, research & instructional services. She is the author of Yawn: Adventures in Boredom (FSG Originals, 2017), and her essays and articles have appeared in Smithsonian, The New York Times and The Believer among others. She also works as a private researcher and as a senior writing associate at The Cooper Union.
Mary Mann
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