The Future of Libraries in Higher Education: What is Important?
The Future of Librariesin Higher Education:What is important?Marla K. RobersonJune 19, 2012
My vision of libraries in higher education embraces the concept of“connections”. o We need to connect through our physical and cloud spaces Are they comfortable? Are they secure? Do they invite collaboration? o We need to connect with the current technology How do we support the newest “thing”? Are we seen as a hub of social networking and learning? o We need to connect with our fiscal responsibilities by using our budgets wisely Buying reliable resources. o We need to connect with OUR human resources. Support staff development o We need to connect with our college. Does the library mission line up with the college mission?
Comfort and functionality for those entering ourspace.WE NEED TO CONNECT THROUGH OURPHYSICAL AND CLOUD SPACES.
Our home is your home: The changing environment of libraries. SecurityEntice patrons into a comfortable physical space . Comfort zone for all that enter. The students should not feel intimidated by a formal setting. Collaboration occurs! CONNECTION HAPPENS
We have to have the gadgets.WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH THECURRENT TECHNOLOGY.
What helps with research? Become a knowledge navigator. “Mobile is the Tablets? E-book readers? Cell phones? Needle that Audiobooks? Apps? Geolocation? QRC weaves codes? Smartphones? information The library needs to be the throughout our search engine. world; Social Networks are the Mobile devices are changing the way information is thread.” delivered and accessed Pew/Internet quote Book format used by readers is shifting from the print to e- book. Library 3.0---real time, easilyLibraries need to adapt to accessed, easily shared and synchedthe generation of users. information CONNECTION HAPPENS
We need to be accountable and responsible withwhat we deliver and supply.WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH OURFISCAL RESPONSIBILITIES BY USINGOUR BUDGETS WISELY.
Assess our services to make sure we are keeping up with the student’s skills and learning styles. Higher education institutions are entering a period of flux, and potentially even turmoil.Academic libraries must Trends to watch for are the rise of onlineprove the value they instruction and degreeprovide to the programs, globalization, and an increaseacademic enterprise. skepticism of the “return on investment in a college degree. Shifts in the higher education surround will have an impact on libraries in terms of expectations for development of collections, delivery ofReliable educational support. collections and services for both old and new audiences, and in terms of how libraries continue to demonstrate value to parent institutions Be fiscally responsible. CONNECTION HAPPENS
We need to remember that we are all human and ourinteractions need to be respectful.WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH OURHUMAN RESOURCES.
Academic libraries must develop the staff needed to meet new challenges through creative approaches to hiring new personnel and deploying/retraining existing staff. What is our role as individuals and as a collective library? Professional development – is it supported not only by those that should finance it but by those that can benefit from it?Transition is happening and the library (people and building) need to beable to adapt to the new world. Professional and personal developmentsupport an easier transition. CONNECTION HAPPENS
Does the library and the college presentcomplimentary messages to learners?WE NEED TO CONNECT WITH OURCOLLEGE.
Brand the library to fit the college and its mission. Is the library mission known to the college?What is the mission of the college or theuniversity? Does the library mission and visioncorrelate? Is the library mission known to all that work in the library? CONNECTION HAPPENS
Vision = Connection“The nature of the academic library has always been toprovide a platform for research, study, social activity anddiscovery, “ he said. “I think, at its heart, the nature of thelibrary will never change, but the services that we provideand the role that we play in a student’s or researcher’s lifewill constantly shift.” Daryl Green, rare book librarian atthe University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Quoted in“Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greaterchallenges. 6-15-2012.