Physical and digital collections (6/10/20)

by | Sep 21, 2020 | #auslibchat

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Though the end of print has long been predicted, many library professionals and clients maintain a dedication to physical books. COVID-19, and the associated closure of many physical libraries, has refocused our attention to digital collections and the necessity of both print and digital in ensuring equitable access to information.

Questions

  1. Physical or digital, do you have a preference? If so, why? Does it differ for different resource types?
  2. Has the composition of physical and digital material in your library’s collections changed due to COVID? How?
  3. Accessibility is vitally important to a library’s collection. What considerations should be made in regards to physical and digital resources?
  4. Do you think libraries should have both physical and digital formats for all resource types? Is there a type of resource where one format is more suitable?
  5. Budget-wise, things are likely to be getting tough for libraries. How can libraries financially sustain a model of providing both physical and digital collections?

So, join us for #AusLibChat on the 6th October. And, remember daylight savings will be introduced the weekend prior, so take note of the updated times!

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