Book Review: Transforming Print: Collection Development and Management for Our Connected Future

Debra Andreadis


This book provides an interesting and insightful look at the broad cross-section of print collections with digital surrogates, and supplies many good reasons why print is still valuable even with the proliferation of digital options. I would like to begin my review by taking a cue from chapter 3 (“Working Toward Human-Centered, Reparative Change”): I am a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman, and a library administrator. As the authors of that chapter state, it is important to take note of how the authors’ “identities shape this work, but also how yours informs your understanding of” (34) the work. Within that context, I found this book to provide useful examples of how print materials can be instrumental in “equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice (EDISJ)” (118) work within libraries.

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