December 8, 2023

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Diving Overview:

  • Proposed legislation in Vermont would prevent a new state university from enacting a plan to dramatically shrink the contents of its 10 libraries.
  • Under the accountVermont State University, which will open in July and combine three existing public colleges in the state, would not be able to close or reduce the size of its physical library collections without legislative approval.
  • The university announced plans to make its libraries “fully digital” in February, but reversed some of the changes after community backlash.

Diving statistics:

According to his original plan, he intended the state of Vermont delete most of your print collection, holding only high-circulation items and those that cannot be obtained digitally. Press materials would only be obtained for students with a documented need for accommodation.

But resistance from students and the wider academic community led the university publish the revised plan this month.

In addition to preserving its special collections and archives, Vermont State now intends to preserve all books that were loaned between 2018 and 2022 and deemed academically valuable by the provost and department heads. It will also maintain a “neighborhood library” for children’s and popular literature.

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