ERIC Number: ED121347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Academic Libraries: Into the Eighties. Working Paper, ACRL Ad Hoc Committee to Revise the 1959 "Standards for College Libraries".
Trends which will affect institutions of higher learning and their libraries in 20 years are discernable now. Though the conventional structure of education will be basically the same, more flexible and individual patterns--the open university, extended degrees, universities without walls, and expedited programs--will continue to develop. Enrollments will follow population patterns, probably increasing somewhat to 1980, then stabilizing or dropping off. This will exacerbate the already troublesome financial problems of colleges and universities, inevitably increasing the per-student cost of higher education. Thus the financial problems of academic libraries will be even greater, given the information explosion, inflation rates, the demand for expensive non-print materials, and the trend toward restricted library budgets. Some solutions to the problem may be found in cooperative programs, networks, computer applications, increased use of microforms, centralized storage, regional media centers, interlibrary loans, and improved management. (LS)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of Coll. and Research Libraries, Chicago, IL.
Note: For related documents, see ED 118 080 and IR 003 352-358