Audio from the 2021 Charleston Library Conference from a session titled “State of The Academic Library: Library Leaders Share What Makes Institutions Thrive” presented by Elijah Scott, Executive Director, Library Services, Florida Virtual Campus; Kathleen Bauer, Director, Collections, Discovery and Access Services, Trinity College; Kate McCready, Interim AUL for Collections & Content Strategy, University of Minnesota Libraries; Alison Roth, Marketing Communications Manager, ProQuest, Part of Clarivate; and moderated by Katy Aronoff, Senior Director, Solutions Architecture, Ex Libris/ProQuest, Part of Clarivate.
How does your academic library compare to your peer libraries across North America? What are the emerging trends in today’s academic libraries and what are institutions doing to prepare for tomorrow?
Each year, the Academic Libraries Benchmark Survey – administered by Library Journal and commissioned by Ex Libris – asks academic libraries about the core foundations of what makes an academic library thrive. This survey is well-known for measuring the academic library’s needs, challenges, its place in the university ecosystem, and what next steps are most important to help it flourish. With all the changes in higher education over the past year, this data has become more essential than ever.
The 2021 survey results are shared with us in this lively panel discussion. Leaders in the library community will provide their reactions to the results of this valuable research.
Video of the presentation available at: https://youtu.be/UhmfRJCLgWg