Today's academic libraries are experiencing broad challenges and opportunities alike. Local print collections are losing their primacy as remotely accessed online resources increase in importance; new discovery services have changed the library's role as a gateway for researchers; and the introduction of computational research methods has yielded demand for innovative and customized services and relationships. More broadly, colleges and universities are grappling with their roles and responsibilities in the community—online and hybrid pedagogies continue to develop, and cost-of-education sensitivity is yielding growing scrutiny about the outcomes of their educational offerings. As a response to these environmental changes, library leaders are being called upon to assert the value of their organizations while developing services and strategies that will offer sustained value.
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