The Crisis in Academic Libraries (and Why This is the Best Thing Ever)
February 12, 2013
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Description: There is a crisis in academic libraries and librarianship. Or so we are being told. Frankly, Michael Ridley delighted. This is happening not a moment too soon. While there are some significant challenges in our field, the real looming crisis is that we might not grasp the tremendous opportunity before us. It's time to escape the echo chamber and break out of the filter bubble. Our universities are at a critical stage of transformation. The challenges they face are exactly the issues academic librarians can respond to: learning outcomes, learning objectives, research productivity, self-directed learning, research accountability, critical thinking, technology leadership, and more.
Let's move beyond the orthodoxies; let's call a truce in the turf wars. Instead let's reaffirm the values that guide us, the expertise we have, and the strategies necessary to lead organizational transformation. There has never been a more exciting time to be an academic librarian.
- Insights into some key challenges facing academic libraries, academic librarianship, and universities
- Exploration of the opportunities for collaboration and leadership in addressing mutual objectives
- Identification of academic librarians as agents of transformational challenge in higher education
Presenter: Michael Ridley, University of Guelph, www.MichaelRidley.ca
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