Let's Talk Trends: A Discussion of Higher Education Trends That Influence Academic Library Services and Systems
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm, US/Central
The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee is responsible for creating and updating a continuous and dynamic environmental scan for the association that encompasses trends in academic librarianship, higher education, and the broader environment, e.g., economic, demographic, political; providing an annual environmental scan "snapshot." The Committee also is responsible for identifying the ACRL "Top 10 Trends" for release every two years. The Top 10 Trends article is scheduled to be published in the June 2012 issue of C&RL News. In order to identify the trends the Committee members review the literature, attend conferences, and contact experts who are familiar with current trends in higher education. One of the largest groups of experts is the ACRL membership; therefore, this Discussion Forum will provide an opportunity for ACRL members to meet and discuss the trends and issues facing academic libraries and higher education. Three leaders in academic librarianship will be the catalysts for this discussion. The discussion leaders are: Martin Halbert, Dean of Libraries at University of North Texas; Joan Lippincott, Associate Director of Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and Mark Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, ARL. The Discussion Forum will be moderated by Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ph.D., Chair, ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee.