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In the past, one of the resources that differentiated research universities from colleges and K- 12 schools was the research library. Research universities had extensive (and expensive) research libraries, supported by acquisitions budgets that were often in excess of a million dollars a year.
The Internet is contributing to a massive change in information access that will empower K- 12 schools and colleges. However, it may decrease the preeminence of research universities.