The move signals a major change in how young people learn, Murray-Rust said.
“It represents that the world of scholarship is digital. It is not analog,” she said. “And that to be part of a scholarly community for a few years, or for the rest of your life — this is where the world is going, and you need to be a part of it.”
But the relocation of physical books isn’t sitting well with everyone on campus. Rebekah Fitzsimmons, a postdoctoral fellow in Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication, said the move has affected the way she approaches teaching.
“I used to encourage students working on research projects to find a book that fits their needs in the catalog, and when they go to pick it up, to browse the stacks on either side of that specific title for other similar books,” Fitzsimmons told Business Insider.