Top 10 of 2012 trends in academic libraries
The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee published in Vol. 73, n.6 Magazine College & Research Libraries in June 2012 understood what they were 10 major trends in academic libraries 2012. This is an exercise that every two years to update the ACRL knowledge, practices, schedules and forecasts are taken into these libraries. The summarized here as it inspires students have to work to grade final project.
Communicating value: libraries must provide evidence of the value they bring to academia. Libraries must demonstrate compelling reasons why institutions should continue to support them. You must demonstrate how libraries are actively involved in teaching, learning, research and how they contribute to the success of students, teachers and the institution in general.
Healing database: more and more repositories, increasingly working with different types of data (datasets for research, for example). Librarians should play an important role in the design, implementation and management of data, to your description, for efficient storage, for preservation, for re ...
Digital Preservation: As digital collections grow and mature it becomes increasingly apparent lack of long-term planning for preservation. You need to define an architecture, policy or guidelines to create, access and preserve digital content.
Disruptive changes in higher education: the coming changes in university education will impact full university libraries. With distance learning, with fewer and fewer people going to the library to read books on paper. What will they do librarians? What collections developed? How do you relate to your users? What will become of libraries?
The information technology remains a big challenge. People want access to information and social networks anytime, anywhere so working in the cloud will remain a growing trend. But here must demonstrate that libraries are able to devise a sustainable model based on open content, to help education based games, to train students to improve their digital skills, to create and manage metrics that help researchers in their promotion processes, assessment or discovery of resources but also with systems based on web-scale discovery and not local, etc..
Mobile environments, which are changing the way in which it occurs, information is sent and consumed, so it will be necessary to adapt the traditional model.
Acquisitions of e-books only on request: with digital collections makes no sense to buy to have large collections and more efficient to wait for users to indicate what they want to be acquired and purchase only when it has been requested and not just case. This also lead to a revision of licensing models, to improve statistics type COUNTER, allowing portability across devices and platforms, etc..
Scientific communication, publication models for scientific journals and university textbooks is profoundly changing with repositories and generating completely new edition services in which you have to advise on copyright, visibility of publications, preservation, metadata ...
Staffing: need creative staff with continuous training, we must reorganize work, create new shapes. A radical change in training and the tasks they have been doing so far.
Behaviors and user expectations: all aspects of information search, selection, accessibility and use of sources have changed and the library is not the first source to which people go to find information. People want 24/7 immediate access to resources, everything else will be discarded. Meet the challenge of returning to turn the library into a reliable source of information in the first instance and not last, after google, facebook or whatever you want to use the users.