The 2010 Top Ten Trends in Academic Libraries were reported in the June issue of the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) College & Research Libraries News.
The top trends (in alphabetical vs. priority order) are:
- Academic library collection growth is driven by patron demand and will include new resource types.
- Budget challenges will continue and libraries will evolve as a result.
- Changes in higher education will require that librarians possess diverse skill sets.
- Demands for accountability and assessment will increase.
- Digitization of unique library collections will increase and require a larger share of resources.
- Explosive growth of mobile devices and applications will drive new services.
- Increased collaboration will expand the role of the library within the institution and beyond.
- Libraries will continue to lead efforts to develop scholarly communication and intellectual property services.
- Technology will continue to change services and required skills.
- The definition of the library will change as physical space is repurposed and virtual space expands.
These trends were identified through a literature review performed by members of the ACRL Research Planning and Review committee.