May 22, 2022

New Journal Article: “Connector, Catalyst and Common Good: Defining the Academic Library of the 21st Century”

The following article is published in the latest issue (32.2) of Library Leadership and Management (LL&M), the official journal of the Library Leadership and Management Association.

Connector, Catalyst and Common Good: Defining the Academic Library of the 21st Century


Janice Jaguszewski
University of Minnesota

Lisa McGuire
University of Minnesota


Library Leadership and Management (LL&M)
Vol 32, No 2 (2018)


Clearly articulating how an academic library inspires and transforms teaching, learning and research is critical for library leadership. Conveying the library’s deep expertise throughout the knowledge lifecycle (discovery, use, creation, and sharing) and demonstrating its ability to provide solutions to information problems are core to what an academic library brings to campus collaborations. At the University of Minnesota, the Health Sciences Libraries have developed a “Space as a Service” model of collaboration that positions them as a vital component of a larger Interprofessional Learning and Education Center within the University’s Academic Health Center. We describe and discuss six fundamental principles that guide our vision of an academic library as a Connector, Catalyst, Common Good and Service-Rich Environment, and offer a template for applying this model to a range of disciplines.

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