ACRL Consulting Services Launches “Regenerating the Academic Library”

Regenerating the Academic Library

Is your library well positioned to leverage its services, programs, and resources at your institution? Are you thinking creatively and planning strategically to innovate and advance your library’s role on campus?

ACRL can help your library plan strategically and enhance its organizational effectiveness through our consulting and facilitation services. Delivered by a knowledgeable, experienced team of consultants, ACRL Consulting Services works with libraries to design and assist with library reviews and planning activities, organizational change and development initiatives, staff retreats, and campus collaborations. A newly launched service, Regenerating the Academic Library, focuses on the impact of the massive changes in higher education and academic libraries over the past year.

Regenerating the Academic Library

The landscape of higher education and academic libraries continues to change in ways unimaginable before the COVID-19 pandemic. Library employees have experienced the pandemic differently depending on their roles and circumstances. How can library leaders prepare their organizations to transition to a post-COVID reality and meet the challenges of navigating an ever-shifting landscape? What type of leadership will help employees cope with the impact of the rapid, unplanned changes wrought by the pandemic and maintain hope and motivation in the face of so much uncertainty? What do concepts like “belonging” and “community” mean in light of the separation imposed by the pandemic and the new models of working that have arisen? How can leaders seize this moment to create equitable, inclusive, supportive working environments and engage employees in co-creating the organization’s future?

ACRL Consulting Services now works with libraries to help them through the process of regeneration—emerging from crisis, navigating a dramatically altered landscape, and rebuilding for the future. ACRL consultants will collaborate with you to design and facilitate a multi-stage, remotely-delivered organizational development process that is tailored to your library’s needs and campus setting.

  • Respiriting – inspiring hope, building trust, and looking ahead
  • Reentering – creating a sense of belonging and community while discovering and adapting to a new reality
  • Remaking – intentionally co-creating the organization’s future

Through all stages, ACRL consultants will guide you through asking the right questions, holding authentic conversations, exploring perspectives, and making intentional choices based on your values and goals. The process will begin with an assessment that will allow consultants to understand your unique situation and design the remaining three stages based on your needs.

More information about the full suite of ACRL Consulting Services, including descriptions of services, sample projects, and consultant information is available on the ACRL website.