Free Access Article Collection: Academic Librarianship and the Future New Review of Academic Librarianship

New Review of Academic Librarianship

Guest Editorial: Ronald C. Jantz, Rutgers University Libraries

At first glance, the ten articles in this special issue of the New Review of Academic Librarianship appear to address an eclectic mix of topics.  However, there is an underlying and unifying theme – the future of academic librarianship and the role of the librarian and the library in the institution.  Many academic library directors have cited the urgent need for the transformation of the library to meet the information needs of the 21st century University.  These ten articles, taken as whole, portray a library that is undergoing change and demonstrate the work of scholars whose research is driving change in their institutions.

How does organizational change come about in an institution that is steeped in the norms and traditions of professional librarianship?  Leaders and administrators can articulate a vision – a future preferred state – that establishes a strategic direction and a decision framework.  Scholars – librarians, information scientists, sociologists, and others – all have their own perspectives in which a vision of the library is articulated through in-depth research.  A vision and strategy that embraces this research can result in a process that informs leaders about possible new services and contributes a vitality and a sense of urgency to the transformation of the academic library.  In this special issue, the authors report important findings in three interconnected areas: future trends, new services in academia, and the learning and growth of knowledge. Read more

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