Social media and libraries

I had a wonderful discussion today with an academic librarian whose primary responsibility is to communicate and promote the library system’s services. My interest is in the use of social media to accomplish this goal. We talked about using social media to help break out library services beyond the confines of time and space (sounding very Star Trek here). What impressed me was my colleague’s enthusiasm for the possibilities in expanding the scope and perception of library services. This was so much more than a simple jumping on board the Library 2.0 bandwagon, but a genuine reflection on how social media can impact these services. I look forward to a continuing dialogue.

Libraries, Teaching

Future scenarios for academic libraries

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has released this thought piece: “Futures thinking for academic librarians: Higher education in 2025.” The document proposes the following future scenarios:

1. A college degree for every citizen
2. Academic niche networking
3. Activist seniors keep on working
4. Archives on demand
5. Breaking the textbook monopoly
6. Bridging the scholar/practitioner divide
8. Community over consumerism
9. Creative conscription
10. Design for disability
11. Everyone is a “non-traditional” student
12. I see what you see
13. Increasing threat of cyberwar, cybercrime, and cyberterrorism
14. Kinesthetic fluency
15. Longevity is the new wealth
16. Meet the new freshman class
17. Money makes the world go around
18. No need to search
19. [Libraries] Out of business
20. Pop-up campus (e-learning)
21. Renaissance redux
22. Right here with me
23. Scholarship stultifies
24. Sign on the dotted line (no tenure)
25. Think U
26. This class brought to you by…
27. Woven learning

Appendix A contains a very-well explained guideline for how academic librarians could address these possible scenarios. It’s a fascinating document