One chapter is closing—and another is opening—as Stanford University moves toward the creation of its first "bookless library," a smaller but more efficient and largely electronic library that can accommodate the vast, expanding, and interrelated literature of Physics, Computer Science, and Engineering, reports the San Jose Mercury News. "The role of this new library is less to do with shelving and checking out books, and much more about research and discovery," said Andrew Herkovic, director of communications and development at Stanford Libraries. Libraries are the very heart of the research university—but the accumulation of information online is shifting their sense...

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