Removing print books meets resistance in academic libraries

Interesting article on E-Library Economics in Inside Higher Education.  Discussion surrounds Syracuse University’s plan for a more digital library and transformation of the physical library to student study space, which met with resistance from faculty and students.  The author, Steve Kolowich, sites various studies on the economics of digital libraries and the design of the future library.  “Taken together, these studies point to twin conclusions: The sooner professors and students embrace e-books, the sooner their libraries can start saving money — but that might not happen for a while.”  Kolowich goes on to discuss issues with eBooks, eReaders, and standard formats like EPUB.