The need for librarians and library organizations to observe carefully and think deeply about the changing scholarly information environment and its impact on our roles in further developing information fluent communities and reforming the current scholarly communication ecosystem is compelling. Adaptations in both of these areas are necessary for us to support the success of our students and faculty in the dynamic digital environment of contemporary teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Our organizational structures must be flexible enough to optimally support the intersections in the two key areas of librarianship discussed in this paper, information literacy and scholarly communication. We will have accomplished the goal of this white paper if it generates conversations at all levels in academic libraries and at professional conferences about ways librarians can embrace new roles and work across traditional boundaries to prepare students, faculty, and administrators to take full advantage of the dynamic digital environment for scholarship and teaching.


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