An article posted on Coexist highlights the changes taking place in academic libraries. "Despite all the dire predictions for the future of academic libraries in the digital age, when people believed the digitalization of print and other emerging technologies would make them irrelevant, universities around the country are evolving their libraries and intellectual centers into catalysts for discovery, learning, collaboration, and scholarly breakthroughs."
The article goes on to highlight 4 ways that academic libraries are adapting for the future:
- LIBRARIES MUST RESPOND TO STRATEGIC CAMPUS AND BUSINESS NEEDS
- The library is a part of the overall institution and needs its strategic plan to coincide with the overall strategic plan and mission of the university. For example, if the mission of the law school is to have practice-ready grads, then the library might need to collect more practice guides and instruct on real-world resources.
- LIBRARIES NEED TO HAVE TECHNOLOGY INFUSED IN EVERY ASPECT OF SERVICE
- Research is so intertwined with technology that it only makes sense for the library to lead the way in technology innovation. Our patron base generally prefers using electronic resources, and we need to respond to this preference in our instruction and service.
- LIBRARIES MUST EMBRACE FLEXIBILITY
- Libraries and librarians must be comfortable with change. The role of the library is constantly changing, and libraries and librarians must adapt quickly and constantly.
- LIBRARIES MUST HAVE PLACES TO ENGAGE
- As libraries have evolved from a quiet tomb for books, it is important that the library be seen as a dynamic place for academic discovery. In the legal field, this may mean that an academic law library offers space for a law school incubator or other program.