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Publishers and database providers continue to move beyond their traditional functions of research dissemination and distribution into areas of enriched discovery, analytics, productivity, and research workflow. As large publishers and vendors turn more attention to the publishing infrastructure and elements of scholarly communication, they are becoming full-service providers supporting every aspect of scholars’ publication workflow from discovery to dissemination
Open Educational Resources (OER) continue to demonstrate importance in a number of ways: sustainable collections in libraries, affordable textbooks for students, new options for curriculum development, and avenues for digital scholarship. Challenges to faculty adoption include difficulty finding resources, lack of resources in a subject area, quality, and the content updates
The use of learning analytics, which involves the mining and analysis of student data to make improvements or predictions based on past student behavior, has intensified across higher education. [Some] academic libraries are part of this trend, tying the use of library materials and services to student performance measures, such as GPA and retention rates.
With the growth of data science and quantitative research needs, collection managers have engaged in the establishment of more defined guidelines and best practices for the acquisition of standalone spatial and quantitative datasets. Data sources now go beyond text and numeric data, extending to multimedia data, social media data, and hypertext and hypermedia data. Relevant mining techniques and methods range from information extraction, information retrieval, natural language processing, classification, and clustering to different ways of text summarization.
Research Planning and Review Committee, A. (2018). 2018 top trends in academic libraries: A review of the trends and issues affecting academic libraries in higher education. College & Research Libraries News, 79(6), 286. doi:https://doi.org/10.5860/crln.79.6.286
The Student Success District (SSD) is illustrative of the direction in which academic libraries are currently going. With the rise of digital content, space becomes a valuable asset, to be refashioned into maker labs, data visualization studios, collaborative study rooms, research galleries, etc. Academic libraries are transitioning from being a collection of physical materials to offering a complete suite of research resources and services, staffed by experts ready to assist and guide you.
CUTTING-EDGE SPACES, TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCES
In 2019, the university began construction to transform the Main Library, the Albert B. Weaver Science-Engineering Library, Bear Down Gym, and a new four-story student success building into an interconnected "Student Success District" that will empower generations of students. Outdoor patios and walkways will be more than connections between buildings; they will provide unique spaces for everything from collaboration to meditation.
The Student Success District is the place that will drive students’ 24/7 development through an array of services and spaces based on collaborative, hands-on learning with deep technological engagement.
Scheduled for completion in 2021, this distinctive project brings together the UA’s commitment to academic excellence, student support, health and wellness and the preparation students need to become leaders in the modern workplace. The Catalyst Studios will open Spring Semester 2020. Building on the present-day iSpace which is currently housed in the Weaver Science & Engineering Library, Catalyst Studios will offer even more options in makerspace technology.
The SSD will encourage students to move seamlessly between spaces that provide a full range of services and expertise, allowing them to reach their academic and career goals.