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Higher Ed in the News

Harvard's library works to maintain stature in shift to digital

May 25, 2010

Harvard's shift in priorities from acquisition to access does not sit well with some professors, especially faculty in the humanities and social sciences.

Students can now sit in their dorms and order books directly from their computers to be delivered within 24 hours to the library of their choice from the Harvard Depository, a high-density storage facility where a forklift is required to bring books from 30-foot shelves.

Harvard administrators say the university cannot possibly maintain its previous rate of acquisition given the surging number of print and digital works at prices outpacing inflation.

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