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Lamar Soutter Library; Network of the National Library of Medicine Region 7

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This article summarizes trending topics in academic librarianship from the past two years–a time of tremendous upheaval and change, including a global pandemic, difficult reflections concerning racial justice, and war between nation states. Rapid changes and uncertainty from these events have created a significant amount of shifts to academic libraries, higher education, and society in general. Such shifts have yielded new perspectives and innovations in how librarians approach delivering services, supporting student success, managing staff and physical spaces, embracing new technology, and managing data. This report attempts to provide a snapshot of developments worth noting.


academic libraries, trends

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2021–22 ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee. (2022). Top trends in academic libraries: A review of the trends and issues. College & Research Libraries News, 83(6), 243-256. doi:

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College and Research Libraries News

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