Technology in Academic Libraries

The Association of College and Research Libraries Planning & Review Committee has published the 2010 top ten trends in academic libraries. The committee listed the trends after an extensive review of current literature and a survey of over 9,800 academic librarians.  

  1. Academic library collection growth is driven by patron demand and will include new resource types.
  2. Budget challenges will continue and libraries will evolve as a result.
  3. Changes in higher education will require that librarians possess diverse skill sets.
  4. Demands for accountability and assessment will increase.
  5. Digitization of unique library collections will increase and require a larger share of resources.
  6. Explosive growth of mobile devices and applications will drive new services.
  7. Increased collaboration will expand the role of the library within the institution and beyond.
  8. Libraries will continue to lead efforts to develop scholarly communication and intellectual property services.
  9. Technology will continue to change services and required skills.
  10. The definition of the library will change as physical space is repurposed and virtual space expands.

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