Posted by: bluesyemre | May 31, 2018

The power and the challenges of collaboration for #AcademicLibraries


In recent years, considerable change has affected universities and their academic libraries, and this pace of change is likely to continue. Recent and current changes affecting academic libraries include:

  • Increasing client expectations, with the consequent need to maintain and enhance the student experience, including student success and attainment, student retention and progression, and employability
  • Disintermediation and the danger of library support in the digital age becoming invisible
  • Current and future generations of students and researchers considering themselves self-sufficient in information skills
  • A decline in the importance of the library as a physical entity
  • Changing user needs and working styles
  • The availability of alternative sources of information for learners and researchers, with other providers as well as libraries in the digital environment
  • The changing nature of universities, with new ways of working, changes in pedagogy, and increasing online delivery
  • Changes in scholarly publication methods (such as open access) and the research environment
  • Changing technologies, such as social media and mobile technologies
  • Financial uncertainties, institutional cutbacks and an increasing pressure for accountability


  1. Reblogged this on Libraries Connect Communities and commented:
    I work in an academic library, so the article linked here is particularly pertinent.

    Liked by 1 person

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