Universities redesign libraries for the 21st centuryLos Angeles Times.
The changes have met resistance from some faculty, but they suit many students just fine. Ted Xiao, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science, loves the changes at Moffitt Library at UC Berkeley. He and five classmates recently used a meeting room to work on a PowerPoint presentation. As they brainstormed, they ate snickerdoodles, washed down with milk tea.
Moffitt used to be so “old and musty”, Xiao said, that he visited once and never returned. Now he comes often – and doesn’t miss the books. Everything he needs is online. “I’ve never actually needed to use a physical book,” Xiao said. “I’ve never checked one out. I can’t honestly say I even know how.”
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