ACRL President; Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin & Marshall College and Association of College & Research Libraries
|Mary Ellen Davis
Association of College & Research Libraries
“Technology” is a recurring issue in the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) membership surveys and figures prominently in the ACRL strategic plan. To identify how to best address technology issues, ACRL convened an invitational summit of librarians, faculty, administrators, and vendors to explore how technologies, and the changing climate for teaching, learning, and scholarship, will likely recast the roles, responsibilities, and resources of academic librarians and libraries. This conversation produced an essay that captured the summit’s conversation, and suggested a reconfigured portfolio for librarians and important actions for ACRL. Read the essay and come prepared to share your ideas about the future roles of librarians and how ACRL can best support the profession in these roles.