Part of the ARL-CNI-EDUCAUSE joint initiative to advance research libraries’ impact in a world shaped by emerging technologies, this report by Sarah Lippincott identifies strategic opportunities for research libraries to adopt and engage with emerging technologies, with a roughly five-year time horizon. Lippincott considers the ways in which research library values and professional expertise inform and shape this engagement, the ways library and library worker roles will be reconceptualized, and the implication of a range of technologies on how the library fulfills its mission. This study builds on a literature review covering the last five years of published scholarship—primarily North American information science literature—and interviews Lippincott conducted with a dozen library field experts in fall 2019.
We are publishing this report in installments as sections become available:
- 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
- Advancing Digital Scholarship
- Furthering Learning and Student Success
- Building and Managing Learning and Collaboration Spaces
We will publish the complete report here in its entirety by late spring 2020.
Lippincott, Sarah. Mapping the Current Landscape of Research Library Engagement with Emerging Technologies in Research and Learning. Edited by Mary Lee Kennedy, Clifford Lynch, and Scout Calvert. Association of Research Libraries, Born-Digital, Coalition for Networked Information, and EDUCAUSE, March–April 2020. https://doi.org/10.29242/report.emergingtech2020.landscape.
Calvert, Scout, and Mary Lee Kennedy. Emerging Technologies for Research and Learning: Interviews with Experts. Edited by Clifford Lynch and John O’Brien. Association of Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, and EDUCAUSE, March 2020. https://doi.org/10.29242/report.emergingtech2020.interviews.