Massachusetts: Imagining the library of the future

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A new report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology predicts that libraries will shift from repositories of physical content to open-source learning spaces. 

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University are ushering in this change by sharing book storage space to make more room for studying and creating.

Writing for Education Dive, Jarrett Carter notes that rethinking library space is important for attracting potential students as well as identifying cost savings.

"Administrators should look data and expenses related to library operations and staffing, to make the best decisions about when to renovate, raze or construct based upon student usage and digital resources which could be secured for much cheaper," he writes (Carter, Education Dive, 11/28). 

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