Bridging the gap: Wherever you are, the library

Carla J. Stoffle, Kim Leeder, Gabrielle Sykes-Casavant

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This paper argues that economics, not technology, is driving the need for fundamental changes in our universities and in our libraries. Success in the future will require libraries to deliberately adopt a "push out" philosophy in which the library extends outward to customers wherever they are and requires libraries to be customer-based, not place based or collection-driven. Libraries have and will continue to have a central role in higher education if we use our traditional strengths to change in ways that will fit, and add value to, our environment on campus and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-30
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of Library Administration
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2008


  • Academic libraries
  • Change
  • Forecasting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration
  • Library and Information Sciences


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