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Special Interest Group Archive: Academic Directors 07/31/2019

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.


The academic library directors met on July 31, 2019.  This SIG focused on an activity that created scenarios for possible futures. Using trends from the Center for the Future of Libraries, three groups imagined how specific trends have reshaped other sectors (education, government, tourism, transportation, sports and play, hobbies and recreation) and how libraries have responded to changes in the environment.

The group also discussed answers to some "burning questions"

Group 1

Trends: Fast casual, marketing, but also how we design services and spaces that can be transformed .

Focus on emerging adulthood – extensions of adulthood

Looking 5 years in the future:

They have a particularly significant impact on: young adults and how they influence the future. Balance between what they learn and what they teach and how it impacts society. Fast casual – make spaces more welcoming. Public spaces where places may not have felt welcome in the past – changed in order to make this work. Making spaces more visually appealing. Less transactional and more experiential

For example:

The library changed: The library has made changes to their physical spaces. Flexible, and adaptable for groups and individuals. Changed how we let people use technology. Provide different technologies that we may not have had in the past.

This new library: Will connect with students. Have peers helping peers navigate the space. Extend the space beyond the traditional 4 year student. How to provide or extend to others beyond the immediate community. Use of displays. Welcoming space and appealing and get people to come in.

Group 2

Trends: Digital Natives and Badging

The year is 2029

They have a particularly significant impact on: Badging is trend and is becoming legitimate in certain professional areas. This is a trend that is attractive to digital natives. Students are more comfortable with digital and possibly intimidated by the physical book and the checkout process.

Mini libraries in dorms. QR codes on materials that are distributed across campus.

Group 3

Trends: Co-working and co-living spaces. Individuals live in spaces with shared spaces.

Data everywhere – internet connected devices and how our personal data is being used

They have a particularly significant impact on: the real estate market. Fewer people buying homes. More co-living spaces are being built. Real estate companies are partnering with businesses like Amazon

For example:

The library changed: The physical spaces and services have changed. Promote co-working spaces. Students and faculty? Provide co-working spaces for faculty. Students who are used to living with technology that anticipates their needs. How can we provide materials to them before they even ask for it?

Use the library for co-working space for new graduates. A place to start a business. Expectations for easily have access to materials. Connections between amazon and libraries.

Where are the physical collections?

Digital natives prefer physical books – how can we use this importation

Get them to walk through the library and lstay

Collections as a group may come and go from the library

Different uses for the spaces

Students want to be near and around the physical books

Reading and making it part of student’s life and lifestyle

Importance of physical collections. How important are they to the institution?

Answers to "burning questions"

Do we need security gates anymore?

  • Is there any data that shows that they deter theft?
  • Do the gates intimidate people?
  • Is it worth replacing them with new systems?
  • If materials are stolen, is this just the cost of doing business.
  • Special collections should be handled differently.
  • Leads to the question of staffing and leaving the building open 24/7?
  • Would rather have people be comfortable in the space and risk the loss of materials
  • Alternative to gate counts or a way to count people in the library. Floor counts of the library. ID swipes for access to the library also counts attendance – gets good data on majors using the library.
  • Keep certain spaces open 24/7 like labs and lounge areas.

Open library, like going fine free. What does this mean for collections? Charges for lost/damaged books.

  • Lost books. Flat amount for a lost book.
  • Amnesty periods for returning without fines. Possibly off site from the library
  • Many libraries still have registration/graduation holds for missing books.
  • The focus is to get the material back.
  • Extended loan periods for the semester for students
  • Indefinite extension for faculty? Can be problematic if they never return the books. How to manage faculty who do not return materials.
  • Public libraries are going fine free. This is a trend that students will expect.

Open Access/ Open Educational Resources

  • Incentive from SUNY for OER textbooks. What colleges are using OER? On several campuses the lead for the initiative is the library director
  • DPLA open ebook initiative
  • Pan open
  • Incentive or traction for OA and OER.
  • OER classes are tagged in registration.
  • Diversity/inclusion/accessibility issues are related
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