Denne ‘gamle’ rapport fra 2010, The Once and Future Library, har jeg først opdaget nu. Den er udgivet af designfirmaet Herman Miller.
Baggrund for rapporten:
In recent years, Herman Miller has convened a series of Leadership Roundtables to identify and predict future trends affecting education. Representatives from research universities, state colleges, community colleges, private institutions, and architectural and design firms participate in exercises designed to brainstorm the future. In late 2009, one such group convened to focus on the future of the academic library.
The Once and Future Library (11 s./pdf)
There was general agreement that for each challenge faced by educators and librarians, opportunities were also present for those colleges and universities willing to change in order to accommodate financial challenges and the impact of technology on a venerable institution. Participants identified a series of trends that will affect current library operations, services, and identity.
- Expanding globalization will be a challenge for the academic collection, building resources, services, and expectations.
- The diversity of ethnicities, experiences, ages, income, opportunities, skills, motivations, and expectations of students create opportunities for libraries to be equally diverse in their management of spaces and delivery and services.
- Academic libraries will be required to partner with faculty at all levels to provide educational support services for a variety of skill levels.
- Academic libraries must evolve their mission from being organizations that facilitate students’ consumption of information to organizations that facilitate students as creators of information.
- Evolving technology and issues of security will cause libraries to rethink all aspects of their operation.
- Libraries will need to respond to the growing interest in interdisciplinary programs by improving communication with participants and becoming flexible in supporting program resource needs.
- Rigorous undergraduate education will be increasingly characterized by participation of students in original research activities.
- As college campuses become more “green,” libraries will also have to infuse sustainability into their planning and operation.
- Libraries need to update and position their “brand” to fit within the institutional mission.
- Academic libraries will repurpose traditional, under-used spaces in libraries into learning community spaces.
To be truly effective, academic libraries must deliver effective tiered support and instructional services keyed to the increasing diversity of students with respect to their prior educational experience, socioeconomic status, cultural distinctions, and Net Generation learning styles. In a time of rapid change, faculty and librarians must recognize what they don’t know and engage in robust conversations with students about their life, study methods, and learning needs in order to provide a more appropriate and effective academic experience.