This is a small sample from Sample & Hold: Rick Lugg’s Blog. The article is “Disturbing Dust and Data.” The article considers several Australian academic libraries and the way they are weeding and storing their lesser used collections.
Clearly, like most academic libraries, the Fisher Library needs more space for students to study and collaborate. On upper floors, the stacks are reportedly too close together to allow adequate access for disabled users. Wider aisles require fewer shelves. The library is legally bound to comply with this mandate. And, of course, many of those students “having lunch and plugging in their laptops” are in fact accessing the library’s electronic resources.