Top Trends in Academic Libraries

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.

Top Ten Things We Wish You Knew

  1. Librarians like to answer questions.  It’s what we do.
  2. Your BSC photo ID is your library card.  Carry it with you.
  3. Your library card number is on the back of your BSC photo ID.  Your library password is your last name.
  4. To access BSC’s databases from off-campus, to activate all of the features of the ODIN catalog, and to check out library materials, you need a library card.
  5. There are two versions of the ODIN catalog — ODIN Classic or ODIN UFind.  Use the one you like best.
  6. You can set up a personal account in many of the library’s databases.  Use your personal account to save search results, search alerts, journal alerts, and more. 
  7. You can ask questions online; click on “Ask a Librarian.”
  8. You can schedule appointments for group instruction or individualized instruction and assistance.  Call us at 224-5450 or send an email to
  9. The BSC Library Archives collects and preserves important historical and social records of Bismarck State College.  
  10. There is something for everyone @ the BSC Library!