Although scholars are becoming more industrious with their research output, access to research resources may be an issue. Data and research show that in the past few years, libraries have been undergoing financial strain. With limited funds, libraries have had to be creative with how money is allocated and push for a shift in the traditional research culture. Flattened and continuing declines in library budgets cannot compete with the rate of inflation. Anthropological research focused on museum collections and culture of collecting highlights the importance of connecting material objects with their creators and communities. This presentation discusses the value of libraries working with researchers to reframe how academic output is controlled, accessed, and shared.

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