The seventh and final installment of Mapping the Current Landscape of Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies in Research and Learning explores how libraries can thoughtfully integrate technology into their buildings to support a range of user needs, from active collaboration to reflection and focused study. The section released today highlights the ways in which libraries are addressing this challenge in their space planning and programming, specifically addressing the effects of the Internet of Things (IoT), immersive reality, and artificial intelligence on how libraries conceptualize and create the learning and collaboration environments of the future.
The full report by Sarah Lippincott will be published in its entirety this fall by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and EDUCAUSE. Conducted before the COVID-19 pandemic, this study is an excellent resource for research libraries as they identify strategic opportunities to adopt and engage with emerging technologies. Lippincott’s research considers policies and practices already underway, the ways in which research library values and professional expertise inform and shape library engagement with technologies, the ways library and library worker roles are being reconceptualized, and the implications of a range of technologies on how the library fulfills its mission. The final report will include Lippincott’s reflections on the impact of COVID-19.
The seven installments of the report have been published as they became available at https://doi.org/10.29242/report.emergingtech2020.landscape:
- Executive Summary (March 26, 2020)
- Introduction, Methodology, and Cross-Cutting Opportunities (April 2, 2020)
- Facilitating Information Discovery and Use (April 14, 2020)
- Stewarding the Scholarly and Cultural Record (May 27, 2020)
- Advancing Digital Scholarship (July 6, 2020)
- Furthering Learning and Student Success (October 14, 2020)
- Building and Managing Learning and Collaboration Spaces (November 12, 2020)
This work is part of a joint ARL-CNI-EDUCAUSE initiative to advance research libraries’ impact in a world shaped by emerging technologies. In March, the initiative published—along with the executive summary of this landscape analysis—a summary of interviews with experts in research and academic technologies from several allied sectors. In August, the initiative released a report on two invitational workshops focused on identifying achievable and desirable opportunities for research libraries.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise; advances diversity, equity, and inclusion; and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.