Saturday 21st June, 2014
8:00am to 9:00am
According to a 2012 review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education produced by ACRL, one of the 10 challenges facing libraries is communicating value. As more and more resources have become available digitally, the ways in which libraries have traditionally filled their missions must be re-examined and libraries may need to adapt-- even beyond shifts to creative commons models. Theological libraries can foster value by following the example of public library systems which offer programs tailored to meet the local community’s cultural, economic and political needs. In short, the challenges we face as we assert the importance of the library in academic enterprise boil down to our ability to provide superior “service” in the academic area and beyond. This paper will focus first on theoretical and managerial aspects of transitioning a traditional “academic library” to a programming driven model. Then attention will turn to Duke Divinity School Library’s exploration of this final frontier through offering student and faculty research centered programming that includes special speakers, faculty book signings, interest based social clubs, film screenings, and connections with internal and external constituents to stimulate student engagement, increase institutional visibility, and undergird learning outside the classroom.
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