Tomorrow's Academic Libraries: Maybe Even Some Books

Tomorrow's Academic Libraries: Maybe Even Some Books 1

Dennis Drenner for The Chronicle

At Johns Hopkins U., embedded librarians like Victoria H. Goode work in classrooms and labs to help health-care students with their research needs.

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Dennis Drenner for The Chronicle

At Johns Hopkins U., embedded librarians like Victoria H. Goode work in classrooms and labs to help health-care students with their research needs.

Imagine a library that is not only bookless but is not necessarily tied to a building, one that takes its personnel and services to patrons rather than expecting them to come to it. Two projects—one now under way at the undergraduate level and one well established at a medical library—suggest where the untethered library is headed. One approach focuses on space; the other on librarians.

Academic libraries have been beset by changes that have led some observers to wonder