New (largely virtual) library at new U of California campus (Merced)

Sloan, Bernie bernies at
Tue Mar 29 14:21:25 EST 2005

Forgot to add...

It looks like someone might have learned some lessons from the Cal State
System's Monterrey Bay library experiment. 

The CSUMB library was intended to be almost entirely virtual. Now they
are in the process of planning for a new library building. The CSUMB
library website now notes: "The library acknowledges that an emphasis on
electronic resources is both desirable and appropriate for academic
collections in the early 21st century, since a critical mass of relevant
information is becoming available through this medium. In addition, this
emphasis permits a more focused expenditure of budgetary resources, as
the just-in-time collections model makes available the very specific
articulated needs of the user. At the same time, the CSUMB Library now
recognizes that its startup model must be modified to incorporate more
print material..."

The new University of California System's Merced campus puts the library
at the center of the campus. While the library relies heavily on virtual
resources (mainly from the California Digital Library), the physical
library building looks to be quite large, and they have an emphasis on
"library as physical space".

There's an artist's rendition of the library building at: 

There's a bit about the "library as space" at: 

Bernie Sloan

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From: Sloan, Bernie 
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Subject: Shelve Under "E" for Electronic

Interesting article in the April 1 Chronicle of Higher Education about
the library at the University of California's new Merced campus. Looks
like they plan to rely heavily on resources from the California Digital

A couple of quotes:

"With its focus on remote collections and digital resources, Merced's
Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library will either be a new model for research
libraries or a brief experiment for a generation dazzled by the

Duane Webster, executive director of ARL is quoted as saying "Rethinking
the character and nature of the research library in the electronic age
is a wonderfully exciting opportunity for a place like Merced because
they aren't carrying the baggage of legacy collections."

Here's the citation:

Carlson, Scott. Shelve Under "E" for Electronic. Chronicle of Higher
Education, 51(50), A-24. April 1, 2005. (Available online to subscribers

Bernie Sloan
Senior Library Information Systems Consultant, ILCSO
University of Illinois Office for Planning and Budgeting
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Champaign, IL  61820

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