Remodeling Library Collections Public

Designing a Discovery Lab for Student Engagement

As library collections steer further toward online resources, patron driven acquisition models, stack reduction to create student study space, and shift focus toward open education resources / open access movements, print collections feel like a distant priority. This paper will present a case study of how the librarians at Penn State Berks re-conceptualized print collections with the development of the Discovery Lab to meet their community’s needs and reinvigorated their reference, instruction, student engagement, and campus outreach as a result. This cost-neutral project is a replicable model for other academic libraries to apply in their local context through strategic mapping and assessment.

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