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College Students Just Want Normal Libraries

Schools have been on a mission to reinvent campus libraries—even though students just want the basics.

Back in the 1940s, college libraries had something of an existential crisis. Charles Gosnell, a prominent library-sciences scholar and college librarian in New York, that shifting academic priorities and space constraints threatened to deplete certain book collections, particularly those in highly technical fields such as chemistry, economics, and education. By phasing out the seemingly antiquated books, perhaps libraries would also be divesting themselves of the titles’ particular perspectives or scientific frameworks, many of which . New books had begun to far outnumber older titles in libraries’ collections, in his article as “book mortality.”

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