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From the passive library to the learning library – it’s an emotional journey

Les Watson

Introduction

It is not hard to create a modern 21st-century library. Assuming that you are not constructing a completely new building (but it is likely this also applies if you are) you will need to repurpose some of the space with a sensible stock reduction strategy – and why not, with all the digital material that is available and growing by the minute? Most of the paper resources in our libraries are not used much and the British Library, being a key player in the UK Research Reserve project,1 has a copy of everything anyway, so reducing your stock to only your most-used items (probably about two-thirds of what you have now at the most, and conceivably ...

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