C&RL Spotlight

Wendi Kaspar


A recent report from The Chronicle of Higher Education on “Views on Academic Innovation” (with a teaser video) caught my attention. Given the forces at work in library scholarship and practice, innovation is one of those topics that I always consider, especially in the context of higher education. Overall, the report (which is really a summary of a round table discussion) brought together several different academic leaders to discuss a number of issues influencing change and innovation on campuses. There were several points made that are particularly relevant to academic libraries, not just as issues with which libraries are struggling but also as potential opportunities for libraries to engage with the larger campus efforts: the barriers to collaboration, the traditional incentives that undermine innovation, and the external forces that provoke a reactive rather than a thoughtful, planned approach.

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