Thursday, 7 June 2012

2012 top ten trends in academic libraries

A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education by the ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Research Planning and Review Committee

The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee is responsible for creating and updating a continuous and dynamic environmental scan for the association that encompasses trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and the broader environment, e.g., economic, demographic, political; providing an annual environmental scan “snapshot.” The committee also is responsible for identifying the ACRL “top ten trends” for release every two years.

The list of the ten most important trends perceived covers:
  • communicating value
  • data curation
  • digital preservation
  • higher education
  • information technology
  • mobile environments
  • patron drive e-book acquisition
  • scholarly communication
  • staffing
  • user behaviours and expectations
There is also an extensive bibliography.

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