Libraries in Shaping the Future of Higher Education Webcast Series

In this free series of online conversations, sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Society for College and University Planning, and ACRL, higher education administrators, planners, designers, and library stakeholders will discuss the challenges to higher education in a changing world and how more deeply to engage libraries to enable institutional achievement.

Come away with a deeper understanding of the contribution of libraries to shape the future of higher education. Three webinars will focus on the place of the library, as partners in ensuring student success, and in support for equitable access to knowledge.

Part One: Libraries’ Leadership in Transforming Student Success (June 22, 2021, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Eastern): With societal inequalities in high relief, exacerbated by the pandemic and with lasting effect for many students, institutions must seek novel ways to meet needs and support success. This requires more concerted efforts to mitigate, and ensure we do not perpetuate, the barriers students face. How can institutions leverage librarians as educational partners, complementing the classroom experience, to ensure students from all walks of life have a strong net of academic support?

Part Two: Library Support for Equitable Access to Knowledge (June 24, 2021, 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Eastern): In a climate of anti-intellectualism, institutions of higher education remain committed to making knowledge accessible and translating research to help solve society’s pressing challenges. Libraries have long served as stewards of research publications and creative academic output, facilitating access. How are they serving both as advisors to help scholars and students be more productive in accessing and utilizing scholarship throughout the research cycle, and as institutional partners to ensure their university’s research output is globally findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable towards the aim of greater open access, and impact?

Part Three: Libraries as Place in Institutional Transformation (Date TBD): In what ways will libraries continue to be the intellectual hubs where users interact with ideas in both physical and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of new knowledge? The pandemic has illustrated the power of place and the need for the post-pandemic campus to integrate academic activities for lifelong learning and research. This conversation will explore the place of the library to convene people for impactful connections, and the new emerging and transformational role of libraries as learning commons that shape the overall campus as a network for collaboration.