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College Libraries are Changing with the Times

Students work in the Technology Center at the Cal State University Long Beach Library in Long Beach

Students work in the Technology Center at the Cal State University Long Beach Library in Long Beach

Article By: Valerie Osier

What’s Changing

15 years ago, there wasn’t a demand for outlets, screens, workstations or much technology at all. What’s different now is that, these things are becoming necessities. Libraries are changing with the times too. They are now becoming innovated centers for students to meet, practice and create presentations. Workstations and work room are being built in order for students to come to together and work on projects together.

Newest trends

The Cal State University library has redone their center into a space that has been keeping up with the trends. One piece of technology that has been trending are 3D printers which Cal State has made available to their campus. Their overall new format and technological additions has helped students gather more frequently, prove more efficiently and think critically. Another system put into place was a database helping to navigate the libraries catalogs.

  • “A card catalog is made up of drawers full of organized note cards with information and the location of books inside a library. The system was widely replaced by online library catalogs and databases in the early 2000s.” (Osier, Long Branch Post)

Librarians are then able to sit with students during lectures and help them understand the new innovations of tomorrow.

Alisa Verratti