With continuous advances in technology, academic libraries will evolve to keep up with the changes as will library instructors. With more information becoming available every day, library systems will also have to change. This will impact the role of library instructors as well as how the library is viewed as a place of learning, they will need to be able to communicate the changes in library systems to students and faculty and will have to incorporate information literacy courses into the curriculum (NMC Horizon Report, 2014). Instructors may turn to librarians for assistance in teaching students information literacy skills (NMC Horizon Report, 2014). Information literacy skills will become more important with the abundance that will be accessible for students; they will have to be able to know how to locate information efficiently as well as learn to question what they find.
Academic libraries will want to incorporate new technologies to keep themselves up to date and to give students access to more information. This will mean deciding what technologies are essential to invest in and which ones are not critical for academic libraries (Grassian & Kaplowitz, 2009). Providing up to date technology may also be a challenge with budget restrictions. Librarians will need to take leadership roles to assist with making the decisions since they will be the ones assisting students with the change (NMC Horizon Report, 2014).
As consumer technology also advances, students will come to the library for assistance with things like apps on their personal devices (NMC Horizon Report, 2014). Librarians will have to be knowledgeable about these technologies as well. Librarians will also have to incorporate how to un-plug from technology into their courses, this will be an important topic for students who may become overwhelmed with the amount of information that is available to them or that they have to process on a daily basis (Grassian & Kaplowitz, 2009). Technology may also become overwhelming to librarians as more becomes incorporated into their jobs. Librarians must keep in mind that they are in control of the technology and to keep their goals on instructions as the top priority (Grassian & Kaplowitz, 2009).
Grassian, E., & Kaplowitz, J. (2009). Information literacy instruction: Theory and practice (2nd ed.). New York: Neal-Schuman.
NMC Horizon Report: 2014 Library Edition. Retrieved from http://www.nmc.org/publications/2014-horizon-report-library