In the spring of 2007, nearly 9,800 undergraduate students were attending classes at Western Illinois University's Macomb campus. Only 8,000 were enrolled this past spring. The leaders of the university are currently working on plans to bring enrollment back up.
Advancements in technology have given us flat-screen televisions, smartphones and e-readers. Brick-and-mortar libraries are doing their best to keep up with the digital world. Western Illinois University's Marilyn Shelley has had a front-row seat to the evolution.