Byline: Michelle Rothman, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
University libraries are no longer just stuffy old buildings offering rows of books, partitioned desks and total silence. They have moved beyond those traditional services, creating a whole new image.
Now they are electronic books, online databases and group study rooms. They are movable furniture, coffee shops and e-mail. They are software, plasma screens and editing equipment.
They have moved into the 21st century, where flexibility is key.
Technology has helped library staffs revamp services and the ways students access them. Although some students still pull dusty hardcover books from library shelves, students increasingly are researching through the libraries' Web sites, says Mark Jacobs, associate university librarian at Georgetown University.
Libraries often provide students with …