From Good EReader:
With bookstores gradually on the way out in the digital age, libraries are increasingly finding themselves in a new role, that of bookstores themselves. More and more libraries are changing their renovations plans to limit adding more shelf space to add more titles to their already existing collection but are also earmarking a separate section that will be dedicated to shave off some of their collection to those eager to buy them at a discounted price, the proceeds of which will be used for other developmental activities. In fact, libraries are into a sort of makeover phase and are re-inventing themselves as stores with the members being seen as customers.
As Jason Kuhl, the executive director of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library puts it, “A library has limited shelf space, so you almost have to think of it as a store, and stock it with the things that people want.”
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Libraries often have to stock multiple copies of best sellers when they are in demand to be able to satisfy more number of patrons though the multiple copies become redundant once they go out of favor in a year or two. These along with the usual practice of libraries to ‘weed’ out some of their stocks that they believe they can do without also earns them resources that has become vital in the age of depressed economic situation.
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