University Libraries are Academic Units not Service Units

This was the assertion of the majority of library directors in the recent survey, discussed at the ACRL conference last week, S+R Library Survey 2010: Insights from US Academic Library Directors:

“In the past, academic libraries functioned primarily as information repositories; now they are becoming learning enterprises. This shift requires academic librarians to embed library services and resources in the teaching and learning activities of their institutions. In the new paradigm, librarians focus on information skills, not information access; they think like educators, not service providers.”14 (p.21)

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