Connector, Catalyst and Common Good: Defining the Academic Library of the 21st Century

Authors

  • Janice Jaguszewski Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Lisa A. McGuire Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5860/llm.v32i2.7227

Keywords:

collaboration, collaboration model, leadership, space planning

Abstract

Clearly articulating how an academic library inspires and transforms teaching, learning and research is critical for library leadership. Conveying the library’s deep expertise throughout the knowledge lifecycle (discovery, use, creation, and sharing) and demonstrating its ability to provide solutions to information problems are core to what an academic library brings to campus collaborations. At the University of Minnesota, the Health Sciences Libraries have developed a “Space as a Service” model of collaboration that positions them as a vital component of a larger Interprofessional Learning and Education Center within the University’s Academic Health Center. We describe and discuss six fundamental principles that guide our vision of an academic library as a Connector, Catalyst, Common Good and Service-Rich Environment, and offer a template for applying this model to a range of disciplines.

Author Biographies

Janice Jaguszewski, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Janice Jaguszewski is Director and Associate University Librarian, Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lisa A. McGuire, Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Lisa McGuire is the Associate Director of Education & Research Services at the Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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Published

2018-03-12

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Peer Reviewed