Thursday, September 09, 2004

NEW ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY: ADVANCING STUDENT LEARNING THROUGH OUTCOMES ASSESSMENT. This is by Kenneth R. Smith. It was a paper prepared for the ASSOCIATION OF RESEARCH LIBRARIES, May 4, 2000.

From the site:

The well-ordered world of the university library is giving way to a new era of promise and uncertainty, of technology, of new forms of engagement and redefined roles in learning. The assumptions and rationales that have been relied on in the past are inadequate as a guide to future developments. To be successful in this new environment those responsible for academic libraries need to understand:

- the changing expectations faced by universities,
- how universities are responding to these new expectations,
- how this affects the library’s mission,
- how libraries can develop a strategy to be a central part of the university’s response, and
how the Association of Research Libraries can assist its members to take on new roles.

The purpose of this paper is to answer these questions in order to provide a fuller understanding of student learning outcomes at the university level and the relationship to emerging library roles and contributions. An important conclusion of this paper is that "shared need creates opportunity" for the library to become an even more central part of the University learning community.

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