New Med Schools Creating All-Digital Libraries

October 4, 2017
 

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, 11 new medical schools have been accredited in the last five years, and eight more are currently under consideration. As a condition of accreditation, these new schools must provide access to “well-maintained library resources sufficient in breadth of holdings and technology” to support the school’s educational mission -- and many are deciding that large print collections are no longer necessary.

The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University, which accepted its first students in 2013, is one such school. Designed as a paperless institution, the school has a library space where students can read and study, but the vast majority of the library's resources are online. Bruce Koeppen, dean of the school, said that by making most of the library's holdings electronic, it ensured that students and faculty could access information “anywhere and anytime, even when the library is closed.”

To read more about the paperless medical school library trend, click here.

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